MPs must use this last chance to back farmers.

The Liberal Democrats are calling on Conservative MPs, this week, to back British farming and vote to protect our high environmental and animal welfare standards.

In a letters to Tory MPs across the UK, Liberal Democrats are warning that Conservatives must not “risk farmers’ livelihoods to win a favourable trade deal from Donald Trump.”

The votes come in Westminster in amendments to the Agriculture Bill on Wednesday [04/11/2020] . The Liberal Democrats want MPs to ensure any post-Brexit trade deals meet UK animal welfare and food safety rules.

According to the NFU, over a million people have also signed their petition calling for the UK Government to put laws in place that prevent imports of food that is produced in ways that are illegal here in the UK.

Liberal Democrat Rural Affairs Spokesperson Tim Farron said:

“Farmers across the country are incredibly worried that the UK is about to be flooded with poor quality food undercutting their high quality produce.

“It doesn’t need to be this way. Liberal Democrats back British farming and want to work in partnership with our farmers to help cut greenhouse gas emissions, support the recovery of our natural environment all while continuing to produce the food that fills our cupboards.”

Judith Bunting, former MEP for the South East of England added:

“The Conservatives must not risk farmers’ livelihoods to win a favourable trade deal from Donald Trump.

“If Conservatives are to truly back British farmers, they must vote to ensure any post-Brexit trade deals meet UK animal welfare and food safety rules.”

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