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.
Posts Tagged: Farming
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.
It is deeply dangerous for discussions around this sector to not only exclude half of the population by gender, but ignore wider demographic change.
Agricultural vehicle and land rover theft is up by over a quarter. We need to stamp out serious organised crime in our countryside.
Andrew Bowie: Evidence today that Ministers won’t negotiate trade deals that expose British farmers to unfair competition
I, for one, see this new Commission as further evidence that the Government will take expert advice that benefits farmers and consumers.
Andrew Bowie: Our new Trade and Agriculture Commission will protect – and economically enhance – British farming
It will look at how we can ensure fair competition in our trade agreements, while preserving the interests of consumers and developing nations.
The transition is much-needed for sustainability. But it must begin with a manageable reduction in the payments. Or we could be plunged into crisis.
There is precedent for using tariffs to reward those who meet higher standards, and major American producers would be on board.
Ben Goldsmith: Younger, leave-backing voters want a greener, environmentally-aware Conservative Party
We have a tremendous opportunity to lead the response, and we must not cede any ground to a newly energised anti-environment lobby.
James Cullimore: To halt the perilous trend of diseases like the Covid-19, we will need to heal our relationship with nature
The UK has an opportunity to play a leading role in shaping a new global agreement which reinvigorates conservation efforts.
While we should be looking to reduce tariffs, we should not be willing to do so at any price.
James Frayne: More welfare spending. A business tax avoidance clampdown. The new economic policy that voters will want.
One area that has had relatively little attention, but could get much more, is the behaviour of commercial landlords across the country.
Liam Fox: The amendments that could kill free trade deals with America, developing countries and the Commonwealth this week
Take it from me that the US would walk away from talks if we tried to make the adoption of UK rules a precondition of any FTA.