Responding to the announcement from the Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss MP on the agreement, in principle, to establish a Trade and Agriculture Commission, Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, said:
“I am glad to see some degree of concession by the government on a food standards commission after a powerful grassroots campaign from farming groups including the NFUS.
“This is a step in the right direction but it remains to be seen what the actually terms of reference for this commission will be. It is vital that the government works closely with devolved administrations and local farmers and crofters to ensure that all interests are reflected.”
“What we do know is that farmers and crofters will rest easier if agricultural trading standards are written into law. That is why Liberal Democrats will continue to support amendments to the Agriculture Bill to mandate that these standards are upheld in any trade deal.”