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New Trade and Agriculture Commission must be given teeth to protect British farmers in future trade deals - MP

June 29, 2020 2:30 PM

Commenting on the news that the Government will establish a new Trade and Agriculture Commission, South Lakes MP Tim Farron said: "On the face of it this is a very welcome concession from the Government and is thanks to the brilliant campaign run by the NFU that we've been proud to support.

"However, the announcement contained no details about how this new commission will operate or how Parliament will be able to properly scrutinise any new trade deal and the effect it will have on our world-class food, animal welfare and environmental standards .

"This new body must be a watchdog with teeth that will prevent the Conservatives undermining British farmers, instead of a lapdog that provides cover for the Tories to sell us out in future trade deals."