Greenpeace’s Doug Parr says the self-styled “shadow trade talks” are “secretive” [Image: Warming Images/Rex/Shutterstock].

Paul Mason says this is “the real Brexit plan: slash safety standards and do a secret deal with Trump. What Theresa didn’t mention in Munich”.

I would go further.

The fact that Mr Hannan and his far-right associates have been plotting in secret to harm the health of UK citizens by lowering our standards to make it possible to import inferior US goods suggests treachery against the nation.

Information about the plot should be forwarded to the police.

Am I right?

An unprecedented drive to lobby ministers to ditch strict EU safety standards in order to secure a US trade deal is being drawn up by a transatlantic group of conservative thinktanks, it has emerged.

Organisers of the self-styled “shadow trade talks”, which are set to include 10 leading rightwing and libertarian groups from the UK and the US, are preparing to push their “ideal free trade agreement” that would allow the import of US meats, drugs and chemicals banned in Britain.

The conservative groups involved include the Heritage Foundation, which has pushed for the lifting of environmental protections, and the Cato Institute, co-founded by billionaire oil barons Charles and David Koch. In Britain the project is being overseen by the Initiative for Free Trade (IFT), an organisation founded by the hard-Brexit advocate and Tory MEP Daniel Hannan.

According to a document outlining the project, mistakenly published online by the IFT, the groups will “hash out an ‘ideal’ US-UK free trade agreement (FTA)” that includes Britain recognising US standards which are widely seen as weaker than those adopted by the EU. Such a move would allow imports of chlorinated chicken and hormone-reared beef to be sold in the UK for the first time.

Source: Revealed: rightwing groups plot to ditch EU safety standards on food and drugs | Politics | The Guardian


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