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The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee is urging the Government to allow ‘proper parliamentary scrutiny’ of any trade deal with Australia, amid mounting concerns about the agreement’s impact on UK farming.
Farm chiefs are worried about a Government plan to grant tariff-free access to Australia which they say risks undermining British producers and Ministers’ own pledges to maintain high standards in new deals.
The switch from selling sheepdogs in the field at live auction to timed auctions, therefore, opening sales up to a wider audience, is thought to be a key factor in the boom in prices over the last year or so.
Irish farmers are ‘rubbing their hands in glee’ at the market opportunities left open to them by the phase out of direct support and increased red tape for Great British exports to the EU, the FUW has said.
A lack of border inspection post at French port Calais has meant live animals from the UK have been forced to make much longer journeys to meet their destinations, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has warned.