Liz Truss claims guaranteeing all UK farming standards in law will disrupt trade

Liz Truss has rebuffed fresh calls to guarantee in law all UK farming standards, claiming such a move would disrupt trade with developing nations.



Elizabeth Truss walking down the street talking on a cell phone: International Trade Secretary Liz Truss (Leon Neal/PA)


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International Trade Secretary Liz Truss (Leon Neal/PA)

The International Trade Secretary told MPs Labour’s approach could result in a “blanket ban” on any food products which do not comply exactly with British farming regulations.

Speaking in the Commons, Ms Truss asked Labour counterpart Emily Thornberry: “So is she saying she wants to ban Kenyans from exporting their products to us if they don’t follow exactly the same farm standards as here in Britain?

“I want to make sure our farmers are able to continue with their high standards, but I don’t want to stop developing countries exporting their goods to us.”

The pair clashed during

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