NFU spokespeople have stated that Britain's high food and farming standards must be upheld as deepening trade relations with Mexico and Canada get underway. The union has submitted evidence to the Department for International Trade (DIT) consultations on potential UK trade agreements with the two countries.
Existing trade agreements between the EU and Canada and Mexico were ‘rolled over’ for the UK to ensure trade could continue post-Brexit. The consultations looked at these existing free-trade agreements, as well as opportunities to improve trade in future negotiations.
"Across both trade deals there are other areas of opportunity including greater protection for Protected Geographic Indicators," the NFU added. "We would also urge the UK government to take the opportunity these negotiations offer in developing ambitious policy to uphold standards such an animal welfare, SPS and environmental provisions, along with access to professional qualifications, across both sets of talks."
Farminguk.com reports that negotiations for each country are expected to launch later this year.