Standards on environment, safety and human rights to be slashed for a grubby trade deal with Trump

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump: Enemies of the UK?

The Tory minister who once complained that the UK imports too much cheese is set to abolish the UK’s environmental safeguards – to get a food import deal with Donald Trump.

Theresa May promised that the UK would keep within EU rules on the environment, safety standards and human rights after Brexit.

But Boris Johnson will get rid of all these rules – that protect you – so he can sign a grubby deal with Donald Trump, to import genetically modified, inferior US food products at a high cost to the UK.

He describes this a way of gaining “flexibility”.

It seems responsibility for scrapping our protections will fall to cheese-loving international trade secretary Liz Truss.

This will require a huge admission of hypocrisy on her part – the woman who said importing two-thirds of our cheese was a “disgrace” –

– now seems perfectly happy to lower standards across the country in order to import all kinds of junk.

EU officials say that British negotiators are particularly keen to jettison EU restrictions on genetically modified foods – a key demand of American trade negotiators.

One EU official with knowledge of the Brexit talks suggested US trade officials appeared to have been in contact with British negotiators and told them standards would need to be slashed if there was any chance of a US trade deal.

Liz Truss, the international trade secretary, said scrapping the protections was “vital for giving us the freedom and flexibility to strike new trade deals and become more competitive”.

And of course rejecting EU standards means there can be no free trade deal with the bloc after the UK leaves it.

The intention seems to be to put the entire country at Donald Trump’s mercy – and he doesn’t seem to have much of that.

It seems clear that this plan is in the interests of nobody in the UK – apart from, possibly, Boris Johnson.

He certainly seems not to be interested in his duty to act in the interests of the people of this nation.

Of course, none of this can happen while the UK remains in the EU – and without an exit deal that MPs and MEPs can support, the UK will do just that.

Source: Brexit: Boris Johnson moves to scrap environment safeguards to get deal with Trump | The Independent

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  1. wildswimmerpete October 6, 2019 at 12:23 am - Reply

    One of the EU Directives that Dictator Johnson would be very happy to jettison is the one that ensures the provenance of food is declared. Without that we won’t know that we’re being served US GMO and other junk foods. Likewise another EU Directive covers the protected geographical location of, say, Melton Mowbray pork pies, Cornish pasties and Stilton cheese which can only be sold as such if the foods come from Melton Mowbray, Cornwall or a small area just outside Nottingham.

  2. Chris B October 6, 2019 at 9:32 am - Reply

    does anyone suppose the EU would want to trade with us if we contrived to shuck off these standards. doesnt move the USA chancs with trying to impose their trash on Europe either.

  3. hugosmum70 October 6, 2019 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    another way to cut the population by killing them off through bad food hygeine, and practices.

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