Government Ministers have refused to offer any guarantee that the name “Cornish Pasty” – currently covered by European legislation – will be protected if Britain leaves the European Union.
Questioned in the Commons, Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said that, while the name would be protected in the UK if we left the EU, he could not give any guarantee about what would happen in the rest of the EU: “I cannot right now give … a cast-iron assurance that UK products will remain protected in the EU after exit”.
Without such protection any EU producer could market their pies around Europe as “Cornish Pasties”: today only genuine Cornish producers have this privilege.
A further 42 other British speciality foods could lose their similar protections if we leave the EU, potentially threatening jobs and the international reputation of British food.
Commenting, Ben Bradshaw MP, a leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:
“Being told Cornish Pasties might lose their protected status is a nasty surprise, like biting into one and finding it's all veg and no meat.
“We were told that Brexit would be as easy as pie, but the Government are making a real meal of it.
“As the promises made by leave campaigners start to look increasingly flaky, we are all entitled to ask if Brexit is all sizzle and no sausage.”