The British fondness for baked beans on toast makes the United Kingdom a healthy market for imported navy beans, which are the basis for the staple dish.
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Brexit and the baked beans conundrum

MONTREAL — Brexit might amount to a hill of beans. Navy beans, to be precise. “If we see a no-deal Brexit, what does that do the trade routes for navy beans?” said Cindy Brown, the president of the Global Pulse Confederation, during the Pulse and Special Crops Convention. “Will we see disruption in supply? Will […] Read more

The future of Great Britain’s relationship with the European Union continues to be debated as the government starts making contingency plans in case no deal is reached before the deadline expires. Here, a pro-Brexit demonstrator walks past the Houses of Parliament in London Jan. 8.  |  REUTERS/Henry Nicholls photo

Britain’s Brexit rehearsal prompts scorn

Government tests ability to use airport as holding area for trucks in case of congestion following EU withdrawal

MANSTON, U.K. (Reuters) — Great Britain’s government sent a convoy of 87 trucks on a test-run from a little-used airport to the country’s main trading gateway to continental Europe on Jan. 7 — a rehearsal for the upheaval of a no-deal Brexit mocked as a clumsy waste of money. Prime Minister Theresa May is trying […] Read more

After Brexit: how the United Kingdom is coping with a new trade landscape

When voters in the United Kingdom decided to sever a 40-year-old relationship with the European Union last year, few of them likely considered the potential consequences of punishing tariffs and the loss of free access to the European market of 500 million consumers. STONELEIGH PARK, U.K. — Voters in the United Kingdom may have decided […] Read more


Last year, Ireland exported more than $16 billion of agricultural products to 175 markets. Some farm groups worry what the trade impact will be on the country with its withdrawal from the European Union   |  Bord Bia photo

Irish farmers worry about loss of U.K. market

DUBLIN, Ireland — Ireland and the United Kingdom may have had their differences over the years, but the two share a strong interdependent business alliance. Bound by cultural ties, proximity and a common language, the two are each other’s best and largest trading partners. As the U.K. prepares to withdraw from the European Union, that […] Read more

Many Scottish producers remain optimistic they will find good export markets for their products.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Uncertainty reigns in Scotland as Brexit looms

EDINBURGH, U.K. — British farmers need to start preparing for all contingencies once the United Kingdom gives up membership in the European Union. “If farmers stopped thinking about the politics of Brexit and started getting some business planning in place so that when the implications of Brexit actually do come to rest, their mindset is […] Read more


English producers prepare for breakup with European Union

STONELEIGH PARK, U.K. — When voters in the United Kingdom went to the polls in June to decide whether they wanted to stay in the European Union, many thought people would opt for the comfort of the status quo. “The expectation from everybody was that it would be close but that it would be remain,” […] Read more

Navigating BREXIT

Calgary-based Western Producer reporter Barbara Duckworth was in Britain recently and spoke with farmers and policy makers about BREXIT and what it could mean for the country’s agricultural industry. In that understated English way, Brian Lear describes BREXIT as a “bit of a mess.” The English beef producer wonders where agriculture sits on the agenda […] Read more

So what happens next?

For many farmers in the United Kingdom, the aftermath of succession from the European Union could be nicknamed Nexit. The decision to leave the 40-year-old relationship in 2019 has left many people in agriculture swimming in a sea of uncertainty as everything from farmer payments, labour availability, regulations, tariffs and border controls is up for […] Read more


The beef sector accounts for 40 percent of Ireland’s gross agriculture output, with exports worth about $C5billion. | Getty photo

Ireland braces for loss of markets, subsidies

CAMROSE, Alta. — As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, Ireland watches the process with trepidation. Ireland is an exporting nation where half of its business is conducted with the U.K. As Brexit negotiations begin, Ireland will be one of 27 nations negotiating and it will not receive favoured status, said a […] Read more

While Brexit could bring trade issues, a feed company official says one benefit would be access to genetically modified crops approved by the U.K. but not in Europe.  |   Chris McCullough photo

Unknown impact of Brexit worries feed company in Northern Ireland

The divorce of the United Kingdom from the European Union could herald a period of reduced feed costs for Northern Ireland’s livestock farmers if trade negotiations work out in their favour. Post Brexit, Northern Ireland will be the only part of the U.K. that physically borders the European Union (Ireland), which will present trading challenges […] Read more