Maria Caulfield MP welcomes launch of Trade and Agriculture Commission

Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed the formal launch of the new Trade and Agriculture Commission, unveiled by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss.


The Commission will ensure our high standards are upheld and our farmers are able to 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


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.”


“This is about putting British farming at the heart of our trade policy and ensuring that our agriculture industry is amongst the most competitive and innovative in the world.”


Maria Caulfield MP said “Many constituents have contacted me asking about food standards and animal welfare standards as we move forward with new trade deals. I want to assure everyone that I want the UK to not only maintain its already high food and animal welfare standards but to go even further on these both at home and abroad.”


“The Trade and Agricultural Commission will also be able to ensure that our trade policy supports the UK agricultural industry by identifying and opening up new markets.”