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Thread #168430 Message #4075209
Posted By: DMcG
12-Oct-20 - 05:42 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
Today's main Brexit event is the Agriculture Bill returning to Parliament.
The story so far:
In December 2019, all Conservative ministers stood on a manifesto that included maintain the UK food standards (p 57 for those interested.)
When the bill first came to the House, it included nothing to protect the standards. Amendments to introduce those commitments were proposed, but voted against.
The bill passed to the Lords, who wrote such protective measures into the bill.
It has now returned to the House of Commons to be voted on this afternoon. The Government has declared one of the amendments inapplicable of a technicality and it was reported in either the Times or the Telegraph (I forget which), that Dominic Cummings "instructed ministers" not to accept the amendments.
The last poll of the public suggested 94% want the standards preserved. I know polls are very unreliable, but it is fair to conclude, I think, that the majority want the standards maintained. The RSPCA do. The NFU do. The environmental groups do. Consumer bodies like "Which?" do. Some supermarkets have said they will not stock chlorinated chicken.
But it is almost certain the MPs will vote against amendments to protect the standards.
Such is taking back control.