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Monitoring impacts of EU Exit on the pesticides sector

Research, Trade News / 21st November 2018

Defra research study


What are we doing?

Although there is still uncertainty about future arrangements for EU Exit, Defra and other government departments are implementing a significant programme of work to ensure that the UK is ready for all scenarios.  This also involves research to assess the impacts of change.



Why are we doing this research?

Whatever the final result of negotiations, we want to ensure that we fully understand the implications of change for the widest possible range of businesses working within the pesticides sector, as producers, users, advisers and distributors.


What does the research involve?

In order to build this understanding, we are looking to talk in depth with representatives from businesses, before 29 March 2019, to learn more about their current ways of working, what they have done to plan for EU Exit, what they expect the challenges and potential benefits of Exit to be and what Defra can do to help them in the process of transition. Wherever possible, we would also like to collect some financial information to inform our economic assessments, but participants will not be required to give this information to take part in the research.


The same businesses will be asked to take part in follow-up interviews after EU Exit, to allow exploration of the changes that have actually taken place, their costs and benefits, and recommended actions for government to take in future.


The research will be carried out by an independent contractor and further details will be available in early January 2019.


How can stakeholders help?

We recognise that there are a lot of extra demands on businesses at this time of transition. But this research provides a really important way for businesses of all types and sizes to ensure that we are fully aware of their concerns, informed about the ways that regulatory changes will affect their businesses, and working to address the issues raised.


You can help by sharing information about this research with businesses in your sector and by encouraging them to take part if they possibly can.


To find out more or register your interest, please contact the Defra research manager, jane.lakey@defra.gsi.gov.uk.