The UK’s historic vote last night to leave the European Union sparked a global response from the food and drink industry.

Many conservatives in the sector feel that Brexit will free Britain from a perceived “EU skepticism of science.” Greater flexibility in tariff negotiations and more effective government protection and support are other benefits cited by the Leave camp.

Other responses remain mixed and express the need for caution moving forward into uncertain times. Tumult in the markets and “prohibitive barriers to trade” are among the many concerns that British food leaders have expressed. Twitter also had its say in the wake of the very close vote.

Sources: Just Food. Brexit – What will it mean for the food industry? Live reaction. FoodManufacture.co.uk. Brexit: What it means for food and drink manufacturers. Brexit: Mixed response from food and drink industry. Food industry reacts to Brexit – in Tweets. Food industry ‘blighted’ until 2020 if Brexit wins vote.

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