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Faced with opposition from the House of Lords, the government backtracks on plans for the biggest ever change to our laws. So, what now? / Few things illustrate the absurdity and irresponsibility of Brexit better than the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (REUL).
Animal health bodies have welcomed the government’s U-turn on its plans for scrapping swathes of retained EU legislation, which could have wiped out 44 animal welfare laws.
Former Cabinet minister George Eustice says too much has been given away in the name of free trade.
The UK egg industry has reacted with disbelief that import tariffs on eggs and egg products are to be phased out following the government announcement that the UK is set to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
The BBC’s Analysis editor Ros Atkins looks at the controversy surrounding the government’s plan to scrap thousands of EU-era laws.
A SCOTTISH farmers union has criticised the UK Government for kicking “the can down the road” on implementing an improved system of border controls for meat and other products entering the country.
Ellie Newis reviews two of the flagship free trade agreements that were supposed to reignite the UK economy.
Trade secretary had dismissed predictions by Office for Budget Responsibility. / Rishi Sunak has refused to accept Brexit has damaged the UK's trade with other countries – despite the government's own figures showing a sharp drop.
A NEW law is making its way through Westminster which has the power to change the standards that ensure the food and drink we import is safe, protects animal welfare and keeps Scotland’s hard-earned global reputation as a trusted quality producer.
Charity fears ‘inertia or a lack of commitment’ in government could lead laws to ‘vanish into thin air’. / Laws protecting animals in the UK are at risk of being scrapped because of Brexit, the RSPCA has warned.
A bill to remove EU-derived laws that include 570 environmental regulations will cause serious ecological harm, charities and MPs have warned.
Laws that could disappear include ban on animal testing, workers’ rights and environmental protections.
Authorities such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are struggling with a skills gap after the United Kingdom left the European Union, according to a report.
Tory frontunner will be ‘empty chaired’ by NFU – as enviornment secretary reveals ‘tensions’ with Truss.
Home Office facing judicial review over animal testing after admitting it allows experiments for cosmetic ingredients following Brexit 15/08/2022
The UK was the first country to ban animal testing for cosmetics and their ingredients in 1998, but the Home Office has revealed it now allows the experiments for cosmetics.
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.