The Government’s Fantasy Food Strategy 07/08/2022
The government’s food strategy lacks detail or any plans for implementation, and it is contradicted by its other policies.
Animal welfare faces ‘clear and present danger’ from post-Brexit trade deals, study warns 28/07/2022
Claim that UK farming at risk if ‘soft’ approach pursued with countries with ‘less qualms’ about quality.
Grace period will stop at end of 2022 with talks on a solution stalled. / Boris Johnson's Brexit deal is set to create a shortage of veterinary medicines for sick animals in Northern Ireland, a parliamentary committee has warned.
The International Trade Committee, a cross-party committee of UK members of parliament, has warned the government against “overselling” its free trade agreement (FTA) with Australia, saying that “flat-footed negotiating” has led to significant concessions without securing all possible benefits in return.
'Appalling that the Government has deliberately avoided parliamentary scrutiny of its terrible trade deal with Australia.' - RSPCA 19/07/2022
Appalling that the Government has deliberately avoided parliamentary scrutiny of its terrible trade deal with Australia. The UK Government vowed to be a global leader for animals but now farm welfare standards are likely to be sacrificed for this quick trade agreement.
Activists file formal complaint alleging government has breached international law in signing deal.
Ministers to break promise to give MPs a final say before approving trade deal with Australia 18/07/2022
Agreement will clear parliament on Wednesday under obscure behind-closed-doors process – with no debate, despite a pledge.
Transfers of animals for conservation schemes involving Ireland, Britain and EU plunged from 1,400 in 2019 to just 48 last year.
Strategy described as ‘missed opportunity’ as final wording merely commits to ‘considering’ animal welfare.
Increased costs and administrative hurdles are stifling the movement of horses and livestock in what were once thriving industries.
Sharp fall in qualified professionals needed to sign off health certificates for products going to EU.
Brexit Opportunities Abound – Part 2 17/02/2022
Continuing the letter to Jacob Rees-Mogg, reminding him – he seems to need reminding – of the many new opportunities created by Brexit.
UK will be told to lift ban on hormone-treated beef to join key trade bloc, leaked memo suggests 08/02/2022
The UK will be told to lift its ban on hormone-treated beef to achieve its post-Brexit dream of joining a key trade bloc, a leaked government memo suggests.
Fears for farmers and anger over dropping of pledge to bind Australia to crucial climate temperature limit.
Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed a proposed new bill which will protect Welsh farmers from being undercut by food trade deals which do not meet environmental and animal welfare standards.
A pro-EU campaign is pouring cash into a concerted effort to unseat 44 high-profile 'Blue Wall' Tory MPs, the Mirror can reveal.
The UK Government’s lack of urgency in addressing “glaring holes” in its post-Brexit provisions for agri-food and livestock trade could cause businesses to close, according to a report published today.
An animal welfare representative said the government is showing signs that there will not be proper protections against animal testing post-Brexit.
Rural affairs ministers from Scotland and Northern Ireland write to the UK Government expressing their concerns.
RURAL affairs ministers from Scotland and Northern Ireland have written to the UK Government raising concerns about the impact of the Australia trade deal on domestic farmers and producers.
The Brexit Referendum 5 Years on – Summary of Impacts to Date (Information note from the Scottish Government) [pdf] 24/06/2021
This note summarises the evidence so far of the impacts on Brexit on Scotland. It sets out early evidence related to areas such as trade, the workforce and EU programmes.
The UK’s trade agreement with Australia led to British farmers and associations voicing concerns about unfair competition and a lowering of food standards.
Labour says import quotas are so high they are meaningless and raises concerns about animal welfare
The European Parliament urged the European Commission to make cages for farmed animals a thing of the past in a resolution adopted on Thursday (10 June), marking a first step towards a ban on cages by 2027.
Australia trade deal will deliver minimal benefit to UK economy and poses risks for farmers, say experts 15/06/2021
Farmers fear that deal will mean they risk being undercut by cheap imports made to lower animal welfare standards.