The UK should relax its food safety regulations as part of a trade deal with the United States, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in his speech to the CBI’s annual conference today.
US foodstuffs that are banned in the UK as a result of EU food safety legislation include chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef.
Commenting, Tim Farron MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“Today we were shown an HD movie of Britain’s Brexit future – a right-wing Trump official coming to London and telling us to water down our food safety standards to benefit huge American producers.
“It is British families and British farmers who will be worse off if our market is flooded with potentially unsafe chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef as the price of a trade deal with the US.
“Ministers need to get rid of their blinkers and admit that a deal between Britain and the US will undermine our standards, take years to complete, and never come close to replacing the trade we are set to lose with Europe. And as the Northern Ireland Secretary admitted earlier today, to prevent a hard border in Ireland, Britain will need to match the EU’s food standards.
“It is time the Government stopped betting the house on the US and focused on keeping Britain in the Single Market and the Customs Union to protect free and fair trade with the EU – which is far and away our largest trading partner.”