Today, an event was held in Whitehall by Liz Truss, bringing Animal welfare, consumer and environmental groups together. This gathering was to see how they could lend their help and expertise as the government launched the new “Trade and Agriculture Commission”.
Liz has made it her aim to engage with the Public and industry to be able to make key decisions for U.K. trade policy as the U.K. goes forward seeking trade deals from around the world.
According to the government statement, All groups met with “the Department for International Trade, at a formal launch to talk about how they can support the Trade and Agriculture Commission.”
At this gathering many people, organisations and businesses met. In attendance were: Tim Smith, Chair of the Commission – and former head of the Food Standards Agency – and by other members of the Commission.
Environment Secretary George Eustice will also deliver a video message.
In addition to Trade and Agriculture Commission’s Chair and Members, attendees include: Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), National Sheep Association, British Veterinary Association, Initiative for Free Trade, Tesco and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
In the governments statement it states that the Commission was established to bring together stakeholders across the industry, calling on their expertise to advise on:
- Trade policies the Government should adopt to secure opportunities for UK farmers, while ensuring the sector remains competitive and that animal welfare and environmental standards in food production are not undermined.
- Advancing and protecting British consumer interests and those of developing countries.
- How the UK engages the WTO to build a coalition that helps advance higher animal welfare standards across the world.
- Developing trade policy that identifies and opens up new export opportunities for the UK agricultural industry – in particular for SMEs – and that benefits the UK economy as a whole.
ICYMI – Tim Smith, chairman of the new Trade and Agricultural Commission, spoke on @BBCFarmingToday this morning. He explained the commission’s role in enhancing trust in the UK food system & creating new opportunities for the industry.— Department for International Trade (@tradegovuk) July 28, 2020
Listen here 👉 https://t.co/lSOUXQdPC9 pic.twitter.com/xvzB5hvN1K
International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, said:
“We’re stepping up our engagement with all the groups who have an interest in Britain’s agriculture trade policy. The Trade and Agriculture Commission will ensure the voices of the public and industry are heard, and that their interests are advanced and protected. It will advise the government on how Britain can remain a world-leader in animal welfare and environmental standards, and how we can seize new export opportunities for our farmers.”
“This is about putting British farming at the heart of our trade policy and ensuring that our agriculture industry is amongst the most competitive and innovative in the world.”
Great to formally launch Trade and Agriculture Commission alongside chair, Tim Smith.— Liz Truss (@trussliz) July 28, 2020
Positive discussion about:
👉 Upholding our high standards
👉 Delivering for consumers
👉 Ensuring a bright future for 🇬🇧 farming pic.twitter.com/iEHDuwIzqQ
Environment Secretary, George Eustice, said:
“The Government is committed that in all of our trade negotiations we will not compromise on our high environment protection, animal welfare and food safety standards. I would like to thank the Trade and Agriculture Commission’s members and others who support our efforts to ensure that in any future trade deals we will uphold these standards.”
“I very much look forward to working with the Commission this year and of course to the report and recommendations that they come up with.”
Chair of the Agriculture and Trade Commission, Tim Smith, said:
“The Commission has an engaged, passionate membership who share my commitment to providing the Government with robust, evidence-based advice on ensuring that trade policy is fair for consumers, farmers and producers.”
“This is a critical moment in time for UK farmers and food producers. There is a real appetite for growth and for seizing new opportunities. For consumers, who we will place at the centre of our work, there is an opportunity to build trust in our existing world class standards and to demonstrate the value of those standards to the global market.” Full statement.