The Agriculture Bill has been debated and amended by the House of Lords and returned to the Commons.
The Lords made several changes, including – most significantly – a requirement that any imported foods must be compliant with UK food standards.
The Lords’ amendments intended to address concerns over UK food and farming standards in the post-EU period. Several well-known figures e.g.TV chefs Jamie Oliver and Prue Leith were supportive of these changes.
However, the government is anxious to maintain strategic flexibility in possible future trade deals and the relevant amendments have now been removed. It maintains that it continues to support high food standards.
The Bill will now return to the Lords. Note that, under the Parliament Act, the Lords can delay, but not veto, legislation passed by the Commons.
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