LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s commerce minister Liam Fox will “categorically” deny on Wednesday that the government plans to decrease meals requirements to win commerce offers after Brexit.
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox leaves Downing Steet, London, Britain, October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
The United States needs Britain to chop European Union rules after Brexit to spice up the probabilities of the 2 nations putting a free-trade deal.
To pave the way in which for a deal, Fox is planning to scrap European meals requirements, Business Insider reported final month.
“There have been a lot of reports lately, mostly on social media, that my department has been planning to lower food and farming standards when negotiating Free Trade Agreements post-Brexit,” Fox will inform farming trade representatives in a speech. “Let me tell you categorically that these reports are untrue.”
Opponents of Brexit argue a U.S. commerce deal means opening up Britain’s markets to the likes of chlorine-treated hen and genetically modified crops.
Fox performed down public well being considerations final 12 months, saying customers must be given a alternative and the British media have been obsessive about chlorine-washed chickens.
Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; enhancing by John Stonestreet