Thursday 3 January 2019 / 1:04 PM Environment / Sue Hayman

Sue Hayman responds to Michael Gove’s speech at the Oxford Farming Conference

Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, responding to Michael Gove’s speech at the Oxford Farming Conference, said:

“Michael Gove’s speech today was totally meaningless in the face of Liam Fox’s vision of free trade deals that stand to undercut our farming and food standards.

“With only 85 days to go until Brexit, his talk of robotics and artificial intelligence is irrelevant while basic legislation on farming isn’t even in place and there are serious concerns about Defra’s preparedness for a no-deal scenario that would be devastating for farmers.

“Labour is calling on the government to support sustainable food production, provide multi annual payments to farmers and provide a cast iron guarantee that British farming standards will not be undercut by any new trade deals.”