Villiers accused of backtracking on post-Brexit trade standards

The head of the National Farmers Union (NFU) has accused environment secretary Theresa Villiers of showing “no commitment” to setting up a commission to safeguard the UK’s food standards after Brexit.

In an interview with Farmers Guardian, NFU president Minette Batters said progress has stalled on the commission, which would produce recommendations on conducting post-Brexit food trade policy, since Villiers took over from Michael Gove at DEFRA. 

“We fought so hard on the Trade and Standards Commission,” said Batters. “Michael Gove wrote to me and committed to do it, then he left that position.

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