Philip Dunne MP has welcomed the formal launch of the new Trade and Agriculture Commission, unveiled by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss at an event in Whitehall this week.
The Commission will ensure our high standards are upheld and our farmers are able seize new opportunities to export their goods abroad. This will help the UK agriculture sector to be amongst the most competitive and innovative in the world.
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.
The Commission will also advise on how the UK engages the WTO to build a coalition that helps advance higher animal welfare standards across the world, as well as developing trade policy to identify and open up new export opportunities for the UK agricultural industry.
Mr Dunne said:
“The launch of this Trade and Agriculture Commission is good news for South Shropshire farmers, who will benefit from new export markets for British agricultural produce, sustaining and creating jobs here.
The expertise brought to this Commission will ensure the UK remains a world leader in animal welfare and environmental standards, and put British farming at the heart of our trade policy as we look to develop Global Britain.”