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UK farmers growing concern about a post Brexit scenario

Thursday, January 4th 2018 - 08:05 UTC
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Post-Brexit trade deals could pose the biggest peacetime threat to the UK's food security if welfare standards and farmers are not protected, MPs say. Imports of food produced with lower welfare standards should not be allowed, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agro-ecology warns. Read full article

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  • Bisley

    Most EU standards for food, and most other things, have little to do with health, safety, the environment, or whatever else they claim to be protecting. They are primarily an underhanded method of excluding non-EU products from competing with EU producers, especially their heavily subsidized, and still non-competitive, agriculture industry.

    Eliminating EU standards and regulations is one of the major advantages to be gained from leaving the EU. It would substantially lower the cost of living for average citizens by making available lower cost non-EU products -- without the EU's standards, regulations and protective tariffs that no make them expensive, or unavailable. But, there must be a government willing to accept these advantages, and pass them on to the public -- the present one won't.

    Jan 04th, 2018 - 05:12 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Voice

    Ha... so UK farmers are already advocating protectionism before we even have any trade deals...
    If you can't compete do something else instead of living off subsidies...like when you are paid not to grow stuff...

    Jan 04th, 2018 - 07:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    The US spends billions of dollars subsidising its agriculture, of course our farmers can't compete.

    Besides, it would be completely pointless to enforce standards here in Britain and then allow imports from countries that don't follow them, as well as putting our own farmers at a big disadvantage. We should decide what standards we want and then only allow imports that follow those rules.

    Jan 04th, 2018 - 10:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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