Agriculture Bill — 3 Feb 2020 at 21:50
That this House, whilst recognising that on leaving the EU the UK needs to shift agricultural support from land-based payments to the delivery of environmental and other public benefits, declines to give a Second Reading to the Agriculture Bill because it fails to provide controls on imported agricultural goods, such as chlorinated chicken or hormone treated beef, and does not guarantee the environmental, animal welfare and food safety standards which will apply.
“we will not accept any diminution in food hygiene or animal welfare standards”,
“Imports produced to lower standards than ours pose a very real threat to UK agriculture. Without sufficient safeguards we could see British farmers significantly undermined while turning a blind eye to environmental degradation and poor animal welfare standards abroad.”
“Our suggested amendment calls for agricultural goods to be imported into the UK only if the standards to which those goods were produced are as high as, or higher than, current UK standards.”
“The crucial thing in this Bill is the certainty: the Bill provides everyone in the NHS with the certainty to work better together to make long-term decisions, get the best possible value for money”-[Official Report, 27 January 2020; Vol. 670, c. 566.]
“Weakening our SPS regime to accommodate one trade partner could irreparably damage our ability to maintain UK animal, plant and public health, and reduce trust in our exports”.
“There is an independence and a stability in farming upon which Britain depends and which Britain cannot afford to lose...Agriculture means so much, our farming future must be assured.”
“I’m a remainer, but there’s one result of Brexit I can’t wait to see: leaving the EU’s common agricultural policy.”
“‘better understanding of the environment’”-
“includes better understanding of agroecology”.
“most farmers agreed that they could make big changes to the way that they farm in five to ten years-with the right backing.”
“a comprehensive customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits as we have”.-[Official Report, 24 January 2017; Vol. 620, c. 169.]
“In framing any financial assistance scheme, the Secretary of State must have regard to the need to encourage the production of food”.
“at least once every five years”.
“There’s no question of there being checks on goods going NI/GB and GB/NI…we’re part of the same customs territory”.
“In framing any financial assistance scheme, the Secretary of State must have regard to the need to encourage the production of food by producers”.
“encourage the production of food”.
“have regard to the need to encourage the production of food by producers in England and its production by them in an environmentally sustainable way.”
“vale of the little dairies”.
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
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|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||318 (+2 tell)||0||0||87.7%|
|Lab||0||161 (+2 tell)||0||80.7%|