Friday 21 February 2020 / 2:00 PM Barry Gardiner / International Trade

Barry Gardiner responds to reports that the UK is seeking to diverge from EU food standards rules

Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, commenting on reports that the UK is seeking to diverge from EU rules on sanitary and phytosanitary standards, said:

“Johnson promised during the election not to lower our food standards. Now he is dressing it up as consumer choice.

“People in this country are right not to want cheap imports that will undercut our own farmers: intensively reared food – beef injected with hormones to make calves grow quicker, or chickens that spend their short lives sitting in their own faeces.”

“This is the reality of Tory Britain: rich people will have access to home grown British food and poor people will keep one step ahead of the food banks by buying the lowest-quality American imports.

“That is not choice – it is inequality.”