Minette Batters has written to the Prime Minister calling for clarity and consistency across Government for a Brexit which backs British food production.
The letter, sent yesterday (July 4) reiterated NFU demands for the government to ensure high environmenta, animal welfare and food safety standards were not undermined by post-Brexit trade policy.
Mrs Batters said the public desired ‘strong safeguards, with legal underpinning, to ensure food imported from overseas is not produced to lower, cheaper standards which would put our farmers at a competitive disadvantage whilst also undermining choice and safety for the public’.
Despite assurances from the Prime Minister in a meeting at Downing Street last week, Mrs Batters said she was very concerned there was not a united view across Government on this.
In the letter, Mrs Batters said: “We support a whole economy approach that avoids carving out agri-food products from broader arrangements for trade in goods in a way that threatens to introduce unacceptable and damaging levels of friction in trade with our biggest trading partner.
“Without firm and clear safeguards, there is a real risk that future trading relationships outside the EU will allow access to our markets for cheap imports produced to lower standards.”
She added she wanted British farmers an growers to remain ‘the number one’ supplier of choice to the domestic market.
“And I want British people to be able to enjoy more sustainable, quality, affordable British food at a range of different prices that suit all incomes while exporting more great British produce abroad.”