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Risks caused by constitutional change - The BREXIT effect

By Dr Paul Joesbury

Brexit discussions are now starting to become more prevalent, with only a few weeks to go before the official withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, it still has the potential for significant supply chain disruption. This period of uncertainty will follow on from the significant interruption already seen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which in turn is another example of high-profile external events seen in recent times including terrorism, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, wild fires, and tornadoes.

Supply Chain Resilience (SCR) has been the subject of academic research for a while, although typically focused on the significant events previously mentioned. The main difference with Brexit as a disrupting factor is that it is a constitutional change that has been discussed and debated ever since the UK public first signalled their intention to leave the EU

The effects of constitutional change on SCR is the subject of a paper written by Professor Linda Hendry and her colleagues (Hendry et al. 2019) and is focused on local food supply chains although their findings are applicable across other applications. Their study asks the question “How can SCR be built in local food supply chains during periods of constitutional change? and is developed from multiple case study analysis of 14 firms in the food sector. Organisations studied include farmers, processors, retailers, and non-government organisations (NGOs).

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