David Duguid MP has issued the following statement in response to criticism of his vote in favour of removing an amendment to the Agriculture Bill that would have enshrined in to law the high standards of animal welfare and environmental protection that we currently have.
David Duguid, Scottish Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan, said
The suggestion that I voted to lower food standards or to allow food produced to a lower standard to enter the UK food chain is categorically untrue.
No food standards or animal welfare standards were lowered aa a result of last night’s vote.
Legislation covering the standard of food produced, sold and imported into the UK is covered by retained EU law, which was transposed into UK law by the EU Withdrawal Act.
Any change to those laws would require an Act of Parliament to be passed. That has not happened.
This government is fully committed to maintaining the UK’s high food and animal welfare standards, and we have said repeatedly that the ban on products such as chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef will continue in UK law.