Murray – a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the US will mean
lower food and farming standards
This morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Zippy Duvall, the head of the American Farm Bureau, has said that the UK must accept US food standards as part of any future trade deal with Washington.
Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The head of America’s farming lobby, Zippy Duvall, could not have been any clearer – a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the US will mean lower food and farming standards, including chlorine-washed chicken and other products British consumers do not want on our shelves.
“The knock-on effect of accepting lower US food standards would be the undercutting and destruction of British farming and food production. A new report by Farmers for a People’s Vote published today shows over half of UK farms could go under in the case of a No Deal Brexit – a trade deal with Trump that undercuts standards and costs would amplify this disaster even further.
“The Leave campaign promised a vote for Brexit would mean a brighter future for British farmers, but the reality looks very different now. The only way to resolve this crisis is to give the public the final say through a People’s Vote.”
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