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Don't damage British farming with low quality imports - Farron

July 26, 2017 10:24 AM

A parliamentary report published today has warned that British farmers could become "uncompetitive" if the government allows cheap imports from countries with lower farming standards.

The report states that "the greatest threat to farm animal welfare standards post-Brexit would come from UK farmers competing against cheap, imported food from countries that produce to lower standards than the UK."

This comes following reports that the UK may allow sales of chlorinated chicken from the US. Meanwhile today Boris Johnson stated that New Zealand will be "at or near the front of the queue" for a free trade deal with the UK.

Tim said: "The government must not sell our farmers down the river in a desperate attempt to secure trade deals. British farmers are rightly proud of their high environmental, food and animal welfare standards - we must not allow these to be watered down.

"Government ministers promised farmers the earth during the referendum campaign. They must not now betray them by allowing the UK market to be flooded with poor quality goods produced in poor quality conditions. British agriculture needs to be supported, not undermined."