Department for International Trade

  1. Cumbrian MPs welcome minister's pledge on farming trade

    At least two Cumbrian MPs have welcomes a decision by the Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, to set up a special commission to decide how to protect British farming as international treaties are struck.

    The Liberal Democrat member for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron, and the Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border, Dr Neil Hudson had both campaigned in the Commons for legal protection for British animal welfare and food quality standards, with Dr Hudson rebelling in a Parliamentary vote.

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    Both MPs from the county had been concerned that any treaty with the USA would require the UK to be prepared to import food, such as beef from cattle given hormones, that would be illegal if produced on a British farm.

    Mr Farron said he was still worried that there were no details about how the commission would operate or whether there would be Parliamentary scrutiny on any trade deal to make sure UK agriculture was not undermined.

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    Video caption: Gove: We want trade to be as frictionless as possible

    Cabinet minister Michael Gove says the government wants trade with the EU to be as easy as possible after Brexit.