New Zealand shows how a very similar agricultural sector not only survived, but thrived, after shaking off protection and subsidy.
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Alexander Downer: A trade deal with Australia is just the first step. It could open the door for Britain to the Asia-Pacific trading club
If Britain cannot do a trade deal with a country with which it shares a common language, history, and standards, then who can it do a deal with?
Mario Laghos: Covid reminds us of the dangers of depending on others. We would be mad to do so again – with food.
The proposed Australian trade deal risks bankrupting our farmers. The competition is unfair, their standards lower – and our consumer gain minimal.
We must use our new freedoms to tackle agricultural practices which conflict with the values of the British people.
If we allow Britain to get locked into Brussels’ agricultural orbit, it will cost us both export opportunities and higher prices in the supermarket.
The only caveat is the attitude of the Welsh Labour Government, hell-bent on replacing the EU’s onerous regulations with their own.
What matters to me, as a vegetarian, is less detail than vision – one of a long journey towards a better future.
The Government’s new measures for foie gras and pig farmers are a great step for animal rights.
Shanker Singham: Breaking the Gordian knot of agricultural trade negotiations. How the TAC has risen to the challenge.
The commission has come up with an an innovative proposal for import policy.
Instead of listening to what Scotland can’t do without Brussels, I want our government to start talking about the opportunities on our doorstep.
Kirsty Finlayson: The Government is making good progress on green issues, but there is much more to be done
We should embrace the opportunity Brexit affords to overhaul our approach towards agricultural subsidies, re-wilding, and pesticide control.
Ryan Bourne: First, Covid-19 lockdowns. Next, climate change ones – rationed car use, no red meat. Coming soon to a country near you?
It might seem far-fetched that one could face jail for eating steak frites. But one could have said the same about not eating at least a scotch egg with your pint.
The UK market for food and groceries is a massive prize for any country to be allowed greater access to it. We should not sell ourselves short.
Richard Holden: The Japan trade deal, future CPTPP membership – deliverers of wages, prosperity and work to my Durham constituents.
They can seem remote from the everyday priorities of people here at home. But at its heart, trade is a powerful way to deliver what people really care about.
Debate on the Agriculture Bill gives them the chance to call for more effective measures than those which independent assessments find wanting.
Anthony Browne: Are we really going to pass a law that would harm many of the world’s poorest people?
Such would be the effect of a well-intentioned but ill thought-out amendment to the Agriculture Bill that will come to the Commons tomorrow.