Agriculture Bill amendments to protect UK standards fail

Friday, May 15, 2020
AgriTrade News

The Agriculture Bill has passed its final House of Commons reading unamended, despite a cross industry lobby‘s attempt to enshrine support for imported food products to meet UK standards in the new law.

The Bill passed its third reading (report stage) unamended on Wednesday by 328 votes to 277. It now goes to the House of Lords. Among the amendments proposed were the protection of UK farmers from imported food products produced under lower standards to those of the UK; a delay to the implementation of direct support payment cuts scheduled from 2021; and an annual – not five yearly – update of the nation’s food security status.

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