House of Lords Report outlines challenges to agriculture under EU and UK deal – cites AIC evidence
The House of Lords EU Environment sub-committee has today released its report into post-EU exit agriculture, food and trade. The very detailed report provides an overview of the problems that have arisen in the food and farming sectors as a result of the UK and EU agreement. This includes the lack of equivalence of standards for certain UK agri-food products, together with excessive bureaucracy for exporters.
The AIC provided a comprehensive response to the inquiry, and as a result AIC evidence is cited in the report with respect to seed equivalence (paragraph 37), organics (paragraph 38) and export difficulties (paragraph 69).
Such are the challenges from the UK-EU deal, the Committee published 62 conclusions and recommendations (p 63) including:
- the need for joint Committees to meet as a matter of urgency
- to assess unnecessary trade barriers
- to consider how to manage divergence in standards
The Lords report can be found here https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld5801/ldselect/ldeucom/247/247.pdf
AIC evidence to the committee can be found here https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/22457/html/
AIC will continue to lobby Peers and MPs on EU exit challenges.