Southport MP Damien Moore welcome the formal launch of the new Trade and Agriculture Commission, unveiled by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss at an event in Whitehall.
The Commission will ensure our high standards are upheld and our farmers are able seize new opportunities to export their goods abroad. This will help the UK agriculture sector to be amongst the most competitive and innovative in the world.
The Commission was established to bring together stakeholders across the industry, calling on their expertise to advise on:
- Trade policies the Government should adopt to secure opportunities for UK farmers, while ensuring the sector remains competitive and that animal welfare and environmental standards in food production are not undermined.
- Advancing and protecting British consumer interests and those of developing countries.
- How the UK engages the WTO to build a coalition that helps advance higher animal welfare standards across the world.
- Developing trade policy that identifies and opens up new export opportunities for the UK agricultural industry – in particular for SMEs – and that benefits the UK economy as a whole
International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, said: “We are stepping up our engagement with all the groups who have an interest in Britain’s agriculture trade policy. The Trade and Agriculture Commission will ensure the voices of the public and industry are heard, and that their interests are advanced and protected. It will advise the government on how Britain can remain a world-leader in animal welfare and environmental standards, and how we can seize new export opportunities for our farmers.
“This is about putting British farming at the heart of our trade policy and ensuring that our agriculture industry is amongst the most competitive and innovative in the world.”
Southport MP Damien Moore said: “We have some wonderful farms and food producers in and around Southport. The Commission is determined to ensure that they are in a position to make the most of any new opportunities to market their produce overseas, in Europe and beyond.
“The Government is also determined to make sure that Britain maintains our current high food standards. Britain’s current animal welfare and environmental rules in food production will not be compromised in any trade negotiations. Imports of chlorinated chicken and hormone
injected beef are not permitted into the UK. This will be retained in UK law.
“The Food Standards Agency will continue to ensure that all food imports comply with the UK’s high safety standards.”