The UK food industry has requested that it be granted a waiver from certain provisions of competition law in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Producers and distributors, including major supermarkets, are reported to have “repeatedly” asked the Government for a reprieve from rules which prevent collaborating on supply or pricing plans, in order to allow coordination across the industry to prevent food shortages in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

While rare, sector-specific waivers have been approved before, when necessary. It is not yet clear whether the Government will approve the food industry’s request.