Source: Labour List UK
The House of Commons has tonight voted down a range of Labour-supported agriculture bill amendments that had sought to uphold British food and animal welfare standards in future trade deals.
The amendments initially put forward by the House of Lords were all opposed by MPs tonight after a tense debate in which Labour accused the government of only supporting farmers “when the sun shines”.
The Lords made changes to the bill including the demand that the government create rules to ban the import of food with lower standards than current ones, such as chlorinated chicken or beef fattened with hormones.
Government ministers dismissed the proposed changes, saying they would add “unnecessary layers of complication” to any future trade negotiations and could obstruct our chances of securing deals after Brexit.
Voicing Labour’s support for the amendments during the debate, Shadow Environment Secretary Luke Pollard said: “Today, members on both sides of the House are being given a choice about what kind of country we want Britain to be.