British farmers urge MPs to enshrine food standards in law

British farmers urge MPs to back plans to enshrine food standards in law as they warn importing 'low quality' items like chlorinated chicken under post-Brexit trade deals could 'force them out of business' Group of prominent farmers writing to every MP ahead of crunch vote next week Group wants Government to enshrine food and animal welfare standards in law Farmers fear post-Brexit trade deals could open the door to 'low quality' imports 

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 11:23 GMT, 30 October 2020 | Updated: 11:25 GMT, 30 October 2020

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Boris Johnson is under pressure from farmers to enshrine UK food standards in law amid growing fears post-Brexit trade deals could open the door to 'low quality' imports like chlorinated chicken. 

A group of prominent farmers, which includes TV presenter Jimmy Doherty and chief executive of the Soil Association Helen Browning, is writing to every MP ahead of a crunch vote in the House of Commons next week. 

The group wants current British standards on things like animal welfare and hygiene to be written onto the statute book so that UK farmers cannot be undermined in future trade deals. 

The group has warned that allowing controversial products like chlorine-washed chicken or hormone-injected beef to be imported from the US under a new trade deal 'could force British farmers out of business'. 

It came as Canadian Prime Minister said he expected a trade deal between the UK and Canada to be 'fairly straightforward'.  

Boris Johnsin is under mounting pressure to enshrine UK food standards in law to protect farmers in post-Brexit trade deal negotiations

Boris Johnsin is under mounting pressure to enshrine UK food standards in law to protect farmers in post-Brexit trade deal negotiations

A group of farmers, including TV presenter Jimmy Doherty, is writing to every MP to urge them to vote to put the standards onto the statute book

A group of farmers, including TV presenter Jimmy Doherty, is writing to every MP to urge them to vote to put the standards onto the statute book

The Government is resisting

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