Global dairy company Arla Foods has joined forces with farmer organisations in the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, France and Germany to urge the UK government and the European Union (EU) to take necessary action for preventing a no-deal Brexit.

Arla noted that it has been advocating against a hard Brexit, putting forward its solution which promotes free trade and high animal and food safety standards.

Arla Europe executive vice-president Peter Giørtz-Carlsen said: “It is important that the future relationship between the UK and EU remains open and farmers on both sides of the channel have a level playing field.”

“Today we saw agricultural leaders from across the EU and UK unite in their determination to ensure that Brexit does not threaten the future of the agricultural food industry”

The call was made at the Beyond Brexit: Farming for our Future conference, which took place in Whitehall, London.

The event saw the participation of farmers, government officials and businesses from across the UK and five European countries for the first time.

Peter further added: “The agricultural food supply chain between the UK and the European Union is unique and has been built up over many years. It allows agricultural products to be moved across the EU quickly and with limited bureaucracy.

“Because of this, consumers have come to expect and cherish the high quality, affordability and variety of our dairy produce.

“We expect higher prices and less choice. Today we saw agricultural leaders from across the EU and UK unite in their determination to ensure that Brexit does not threaten the future of the agricultural food industry.”