Sarah Atherton has welcomed the formal launch of the new Trade and Agriculture Commission, unveiled by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss at an event in Whitehall today.
- Commission provides expert advice to government to ensure UK trade policy secures opportunities for UK farmers and upholds high standards.
- It will advise on trade policy that will help boost Wales’ food and drink exports. The Welsh food and drink industry employs 23,750 people within food and drink manufacturing, with exports of £500m in 2019. Welsh food, from lamb to cheese is renowned for its high quality.
The Commission will ensure our high standards are upheld and our farmers are able seize new opportunities to export their goods abroad. This will help the UK agriculture sector to be amongst the most competitive and innovative in the world.
The Commission was established to bring together stakeholders across the industry, calling on their expertise to advise on:
- Trade policies the Government should adopt to secure opportunities for UK farmers, while ensuring the sector remains competitive and that animal welfare and environmental standards in food production are not undermined.
- Advancing and protecting British consumer interests and those of developing countries.
- How the UK engages the WTO to build a coalition that helps advance higher animal welfare standards across the world.
- Developing trade policy that identifies and opens up new export opportunities for the UK agricultural industry – in particular for SMEs – and that benefits the UK economy as a whole
Commenting on the launch, Wrexham’s MP, Sarah Atherton said:
“We are committed to putting British farming at the heart of our trade policy, ensuring that our agriculture history is amongst the most competitive and innovative in the world. The Trade and Agriculture Commission will protect and economically enhance British farming.”
International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, said:
“We’re stepping up our engagement with all the groups who have an interest in Britain’s agriculture trade policy. The Trade and Agriculture Commission will ensure the voices of the public and industry are heard, and that their interests are advanced and protected. It will advise the government on how Britain can remain a world-leader in animal welfare and environmental standards, and how we can seize new export opportunities for our farmers.”