Commenting on the results of the General Election, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said:
"Dairy UK is committed to working constructively with Government to ensure that the importance of the British dairy industry is recognised and given due prominence in Brexit negotiations.
"The General Election result has added a further dimension of uncertainty to the situation, however, regardless of the political situation, it is imperative that the importance of dairy is recognised when negotiations begin.
"The UK dairy sector is already internationally competitive, but the UK industry has considerable potential for growth. Brexit will likely herald a range of challenges and opportunities in the UK and internationally.
"We are an industry that employs 80,000 people throughout the UK. We are an integral part of the nation's food chain, providing safe, nutritious and value for money foods that are consumed in 98% of UK households.
"The industry is already resilient. As we approach Brexit, it has never been more important to recognise the significance of dairy and the sector stands ready to assist the Government in anyway during the negotiating process. We must ensure that consumers will continue to enjoy their favourite dairy foods far into the future."