I'M PLEASED the Government has taken steps through the creation an independent Trade and Agriculture Commission to provide additional reassurance that UK food safety and animal welfare will not be compromised.
Significantly, the move in advance of international trade deal negotiations, has been welcomed by all three farm unions, including NFU Scotland.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss stated that a report by the Commission members would be to advise on trade policy and applying appropriate safeguards in forthcoming UK trade deals.
They would also consider best ways to ensure UK farmers do not face unfair competition and how to ensure that their high animal welfare and production standards are not undermined.
The Commission would also advise on developing a trade policy that opens up new export opportunities for UK agriculture -- in particular for small and medium sized businesses.
Farming and food processing are vital for the UK's future, have made a huge contribution during the Covid-19 crisis and will be equally important as we move into the recovery phase.
We must do our utmost to support them.