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Parish calls for fair Brexit trade deals for farmers

13th Oct 2017 / By Alistair Driver

Neil Parish, chair of the EFRA Committee has called on the Government to ensure future trade deals do not disadvantage UK farmers.

The EFRA Committee met with US Secretary for Agriculture, Sonny Perdue this week to discuss the key challenges and opportunities for UK-US agri-food trade following Brexit.

EFRA chair Neil Parish MP said: “We had an open and constructive conversation with Secretary Purdue. The domestic US market presents significant opportunities for the UK food and farming industry, and following Brexit the Government should focus on securing a great bilateral trade deal with our US partners.

The Committee also raised the importance of maintaining food standards in any trade deal with the US.

Mr Parish MP said: “We must ensure that a trade deal protects UK consumers and maintains a level playing field for our own producers. Food safety and animal welfare standards must upheld in any future Free Trade Agreement.”

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