NFU president meets PM to stress need for action on food and farming standards

In a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, NFU president Minette Batters stressed the need for action to safeguard British farming’s high standards in trade policy.

Mrs Batters urged the Prime Minister to increase the parliamentary scrutiny of trade deals, in particular strengthening the Trade and Agriculture Commission to allow MPs to have their say on how trade deals would impact British food and farming.

She said: “It was good to have the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister, at such an important time for British farming.

“We are at a juncture that will have ramifications for both farming and the wider public for decades to come. I made clear that the nation cares deeply about British food and the high standards it is produced to. They do not want to see it undermined by imported food that could be produced to standards that are illegal here.”

Mrs Batters said that more than a million people have signed the NFU petition and tens of thousands of letters have been written to MPs on this issue.

“Those people want action to ensure our high standards of food production are not undercut,” Mrs Batters said.

“We also discussed the critical importance of getting our new agricultural policy right and the urgent clarity needed now for our fruit, veg and flowers growers about where they will get their all-important workforce from in time for the 2021 season and beyond.

“I hope to continue to have constructive discussions with the Prime Minister and his government ministers as the Agriculture Bill reaches its final stages and throughout our trade negotiations with the EU and others.”

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