Tory MPs Tell Liz Truss To Strengthen Post Brexit Plans To Safeguard British Farmers From Poor US Food Imports
- Tory MPs say that a post-Brexit trade deal advisory panel must have real teeth
- The Trade and Agriculture Commission was announced by Liz Truss last week
- The Mail on Sunday has launched a campaign to protect British food standards
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Boris Johnson has been warned to reinforce plans to keep poor US food imports out – or risk disappointing British farmers.
Tory MPs say that a panel proposed to advise on post Brexit trade agreements must have real teeth and not just be a “talking shop”.
At a private meeting, they insisted that the new “trade and agriculture” commission – announced last week by secretary of international trade Liz Truss – should be established on a legal basis.
Environmental activists have welcomed the new entity, but argue that it does not go far enough in safeguarding the United Kingdom from the products of the so-called American mega farms.
Tory MPs have warned Liz Truss to reinforce plans to keep poor US food imports out of the post-Brexit trade deal – or risk disappointing British farmers. Liz Truss imagined helping Bill Wiggin with his Hereford cattle farm
It comes after a prominent member of the Donald Trump administration fueled hopes that if Britain had resisted the United States over food imports, it could still have negotiated a valuable trade deal.
Ben Carson, Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Development, has suggested that blocking certain US food products should not be a problem.
He said, “I suspect there would be further negotiations and some give and take to make sure things work out.”
Johnson has been under increasing pressure to ensure that British farms and their world-class food standards are not reduced by hormone-fed beef, chlorinated chicken or other controversial U.S. agricultural products as a price to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with Washington. .
The Mail on Sunday, which launched a Save Our Family Farms campaign to protect British farms and food standards, revealed last month how the Prime Minister is considering keeping certain U.S. products out by imposing tariffs prohibitively. raised once they exit the EU single market.
Johnson was put under pressure to ensure that British farms were not subjected to cutting from hormone-fed beef, chlorinated chicken or other controversial American livestock products in a post Brexit trade deal (file photo)
Miss Truss’ plan is for an independent commission to advise on policies that ensure that British farmers “do not face unfair competition and that their high standards of animal welfare and production are not compromised.”
But in a private meeting with the Prime Minister, Tory’s deputies who took part in a Mayor’s rebellion of Commons over the danger of British food standards made it clear that Miss Truss’ plans didn’t go far enough.
They welcomed the new body, but insisted that it should be established on a statutory basis, which means that the government should formally respond to its recommendations.
A deputy said: ‘It cannot be just a panel that provides advice and therefore is ignored. The Prime Minister was quite receptive to what we were saying. “
Tory MP George Freeman, who was not present at the meeting but is urging ministers to “support our UK food and agriculture sector,” said it is essential that the panel is not just a “talking shop”.
Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers’ Union, also invited Miss Truss to provide more details to ensure that the commission is effective and independent.
Liz Truss (above) provides an independent commission to advise on policies that ensure that UK farmers “do not face unfair competition and that their high standards of animal welfare and production are not compromised”
And Beccy Speight, chief executive officer of the RSPB – the UK’s largest nature conservation charity organization – said it must be “authentically independent” and accountable to Parliament, not just ministers.
He called for “clear legal guarantees that imports meet our environmental standards”.
“Something less than that and we would sell our farmers and wildlife at a time when many of our iconic country birds like lapwings and skylights are starting to disappear from our countryside,” he added.
“Exposing British agriculture to competition from American-style mega farms and harmful pesticides would have a devastating impact on any hope for nature’s recovery.”
Government sources said that the commission’s detailed terms of reference have not yet been agreed. But Miss Truss’ allies pointed out that she had already promised that the government would never lower her food standards to get a trade deal.
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