The second round of US-UK trade talks concluded with food security, including health, that are still high on the agenda.
Negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement ( FTA) were held from 15 to 26 June with the next session scheduled for the end of July. In May they continued with the U.S. Trade official Robert Lighthizer. The US is the UK’s main mutual trade partner and the main outside EU export market.
Trade Minister Liz Truss said no date has been set for the contract.
This reiterates earlier statements by a spokeswoman for the government, who said it would not approve a trade agreement that would compromise in these regions.
Worries about trade talks
This reiterates earlier statements by a spokeswoman for the government. Who said it would not approve a trade agreement that would compromise in these regions.
Sue Davies, environment and health management director at public watchdog Which? With limited parliamentary scrutiny, the current status of food standards in UK law could go under a change.
The Sub-Committee on International Agreements held its first evidentiary briefing on UK-US trade talks on July 1, concentrating on agri-foods. Speakers included Nick von Westenholz of the National Farmers ‘Union (NFU), Michael Haverty of The Andersons Foundation, and Elsa Fairbanks. Founder of the Food and Drink Exporters’ Association.
Issues such as Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) and animal health, GM crops, geographical indicators and trade in agriculture and food products went public.
Truss said the government would set up a Food and Farming Practices Trade and Agriculture Commission. But any recommendations it issues will be advisory only.
Minette Batters, the NFU president said it first called for such a group 18 months ago.
“We also look forward to collaborating on the terms of reference of the Commission with government and other stakeholders in the days ahead. To ensure that its research is genuinely meaningful. In particular, it would be important for the parliament to be able to fully examine the findings of the Commission. And to also ensure that they are successfully nearby the government”. She added.