With the advent of cheap, substandard food imports, the majority of Britons (85 per cent) believe the government should not cooperate in new trade deals. This is according to a new poll by the National Association of Farmers (NFU).
The British believed that the agricultural system in Britain should be protected both domestically and abroad. They say trade agreements should ensure that the UK’s environmental and agricultural standards apply to imported food.
The result of the referendum is a setback for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new export and agricultural policy. Last month he concluded a deal with Australia, which has long imposed restrictions on British exports and is rarely available to Australians.
In addition, Johnson is negotiating trade agreements with the United States and other English-speaking countries, which have already leaked that London is ready to accept U.S. genetically engineered agricultural products. Meat from farmed animals with chemical growth promoters will also be welcomed soon. The use of such products is prohibited in Great Britain.
NFU President Minette Batters said the results send a clear message from the British public that they value and trust British food. “The research results are clear: no one wants British farmers to go bankrupt because of food imports that do not meet our own animal welfare and environmental standards.”
However, according to Batters, this is a real risk. ‘Futures trade agreements, especially with New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and the United States, among other things – for all major exporters – will have free access to our markets.’
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