Richard Fuller, Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire, has welcomed the creation of a new Trade & Agriculture Commission, which will protect Bedfordshire farmers when Britain leaves the EU.
Earlier this week (29 June), the government announced the Commission, saying it would “make recommendations for an agricultural trade policy, higher animal welfare standards and export opportunities for farmers”.
The Commission will also have the power to make sure all imports match the standards equal to those of British farmers and food and drink producers.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr Fuller said: “This is something that farmers in North East Bedfordshire have been calling for and I am pleased the government has delivered.
“Indeed, the remit of this Commission will go further than recent calls as we now have the potential with this Commission to set higher international standards on animal welfare.”
Oliver Rubinstein, the NFU’s County Adviser for Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire also welcomed the news.
“The NFU’s campaign on food and farming standards has seen unprecedented support from the public, with more than a million people signing our petition and Bedfordshire MPs alone, have received thousands of emails on this,” he said.
“This is a real step forward in our campaign to ensure that farmers in Bedfordshire and the rest of the country are not undercut by imported food which would be illegal to produce here.
“In the coming months we will continue to lobby hard to ensure that the recommendations of the Commission are implemented by the Government, to safeguard our word leading standards.”