Blog: Brexit news – live: Farmers make final plea over chlorinated chicken as Tony Blair denies breaching quarantine – The Independent

Peers had suggested an amendment to the Agriculture Bill amid warnings over chlorinated chicken 
Peers had suggested an amendment to the Agriculture Bill amid warnings over chlorinated chicken (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The National Farmers’ Union has called on parliament to adopt an amendment to the Agriculture Bill which they say will protect UK food standards in future trade deals.

Peers had suggested the change – which was voted down in the Commons last week – which would have required agricultural and food imports to meet domestic standards amid warnings over chlorinated chicken or hormone-treated beef entering the UK market from the US.

Meanwhile, Tony Blair has denied claims he breached coronavirus quarantine restrictions by failing to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to the UK from a trip to the US.

The former UK prime minister was pictured at a London restaurant some 10 days after returning from Washington last month, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

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Farmers make plea over food standards amendment

The National Farmers’ Union has called on parliament to adopt an amendment to the Agriculture Bill which they say will protect UK food standards in future trade deals.

The government won a vote in the Commons last week to reject the House of Lords amendment to the bill which would have required agricultural and food imports to meet domestic standards.

The National Farmers’ Union president, Minette Batters, wrote in the Mail on Sunday: “I hope that Parliament will, next week, put the Agriculture Bill to bed, accept Lord Curry’s amendment to strengthen the Trade and Agriculture Commission, provide a legal basis from which to operate and give MPs the role in agreeing our future trade deals.”

Boris Johnson spoke to Ms Batters after the government won the vote last week and made “a cast-iron commitment not to undermine Britain’s farmers in trade deals”, she added.

Peers suggested the amendment to block the import of foodstuffs produced abroad with lower animal welfare standards, amid warnings over chlorinated chicken or hormone-treated beef entering the UK market from the US.

Zoe Tidman18 October 2020 09:15

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