Liberal Democrat Rural Affairs Spokesperson, Tim Farron, said:
The Conservatives promised to protect British farmers, but their reckless action means they have betrayed that promise.
We now risk seeing food that is currently illegal in the UK – like hormone treated beef and fruit and vegetables produced using banned pesticide – make it onto our supermarket shelves, as the Government will be free to slash standards in a bid to secure new trade deals.
Tory MPs have voted to throw British Agriculture under a bus.
This won’t be a surprise to anyone, but it is very disappointing.Scott Yes Mann and all the other Tory MPs in Cornwall just voted AGAINST protecting our animal welfare standards in future trade deals.This the third time they’ve voted not to support British farmers but instead broken their election promise to protect animal welfare and environmental standards.
Our MP in North Cornwall refused to attend the NFU hustings last year, and it’s clear from his recent voting record that farming, the environment and animal welfare are not on his list of concerns.