The government must change course and protect UK farming standards, said Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael. Meeting with campaigners from Save British Farming today in Westminster, he stressed that a no-deal would inevitably lead to a decrease in exports following the UK’s departure from the EU, while risking a “double-whammy” of lowered standards in goods from the US. Last week Mr Carmichael challenged the International Trade Secretary Liz Truss to meet with the protestors.
Speaking at the event, Mr Carmichael said:
“Farmers and crofters deserve a fair trade deal with the EU in return for the vital work they do. They do not deserve to be undercut by good produced to lower standards. Tariff-free access to the European markets will mean they can maintain high standards of food production, at a time when food security has never been more important.”
“Farmers and crofters in my constituency and across the UK need reassurance from this government that they will support the recovery of the agricultural sector in light of the current health and economic crisis. The pandemic has shown the vital role food producers play – we undermine them at our peril.”
“I share Save British Farming’s concerns about a possible trade deal with the US that would potentially lower the food standards that farmers work so hard to maintain. Our departure from the EU does not have to result in losses for the agricultural sector, but the government must change course and ensure full access for our farmers and crofters.”