Keir Starmer has demanded that the Prime Minister “back British farmers” by supporting the Labour Party’s plans to protect the UK from lower-standard food imports after the Brexit transition phase ends.
The opposition party has argued that the government has refused to protect the country’s food standards ahead of Brexit – despite the Tory 2019 manifesto celebrating the “high standards” of British farming.
The government refused in May to amend its agriculture bill in a way that would ensure the UK’s existing environmental protections, food safety regulations and animal welfare laws are safeguarded in future trade deals.
In a letter sent today, Starmer told Boris Johnson: “I want our country to produce the best food in the world, where our farmers compete on the basis of quality and are not undermined by producers working to lower standards elsewhere.
“Britain should be a beacon of quality, high standards, ethical treatment of animals and environmental protections in all aspects of food production.”