Liz Truss will ‘liberate’ UK agriculture by cutting ‘bureaucracy’
Liz Truss has pledged to “liberate British food and farming” to improve the country’s food security.
The Conservative leadership candidate said she would ‘remove onerous EU regulations and red tape’ if she becomes prime minister, without going into specifics about which laws she would scrap.
She also promised to tackle labor shortages in agriculture, partly caused by post-Brexit restrictions on freedom of movement, with a short-term extension of the seasonal worker scheme.
Here, she announces the policy.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is a fan of course.
Who can forget the video of Ms Truss as Environment Secretary went viral when she gave a rousing speech on opening up pig markets at the 2014 Conservative Party Conference?
She caused further hilarity by saying that two-thirds of the cheese sold in Britain was imported, with an unusually emphatic delivery of the line: “It’s a shame”.
If you missed that, then here it is.
This satirical video is also worth watching:
A recent government report warned that labor shortages ’caused by Brexit and exacerbated by the pandemic’ were severely affecting the food and farming sector, often forcing farmers to leave fruit to rot in the fields and cut down healthy pigs.
Perhaps Truss should look at his own onerous trade deals signed with New Zealand.
Also staying with antipodean nations, some famous British products could be losers under the UK-Australia trade deal, a Commons committee has heard.
The chairman of the International Trade Committee has slammed the government’s ‘off the cuff’ negotiating tactics, as MPs from all parties have raised concerns that name-brand UK goods are about to to lose in the first comprehensive trade deal to be signed since Brexit.
The Department of International Trade (DIT) hit back at the criticism, accusing the committee of “fundamentally misunderstanding” the provisions of the trade agreement and pointing out that protections do exist outside of so-called “geographical indications”.
Post-Brexit trade deals aside, the idea of a farm regulation bonfire has many worried.
And then there’s always that New Zealand TV classic…
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