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Food standards at risk!

May 17, 2020 12:44 PM

6fds (Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash)The news ( https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/uk-brexit-trade-talks-eu-ideological-michel-barnier-boris-johnson-a9516376.html ) that the talks on a new trade agreement between the UK and EU seem pretty deadlocked with only one round of talks left before any decision to apply for an extension to the transition agreement in June has to be made means either a late climbdown by one side or a change of Government policy on applying for an extension will be required if we are not to head for a new deal a this December

You will recall this is something Brexiteers once assured us was a million to one chance!

One suspects that the more ideological in the Government may welcome this move and it may explain why talk of a deal with the US isa being talked up even though all economic forecasters say it would nowhere near replace the lost EU trade. Should we desperately need a deal you can be sure that Mr Trump and his America First policy will expect major concessions from the UK.

There has already been talk that any deal would prevent any closer economic relationship with China and the thorny issue of access to the NHS hovers around

One other area which gets mentioned a lot which would particularly impact us here in Suffolk is the US desire for us to relax EU based rules on sales of Chlorine washed chicken, hormone fed beef and GM crops all of which are currently banned.. Apart from increasing risks to health accepting these changes would put our farming industry at a competitive disadvantage. These techniques are all designed to cut costs along with standards

A petition nearing 1/2 million signatures has been started asking the Government not to accept reduced standards . If you agree with it please sign at