Prime Minister: I will protect quality of 'excellent' Lincolnshire sausages after Brexit

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 15 Mar 2017

THE Prime Minister has heaped praise on Lincolnshire's "excellent" food industry – and has vowed to protect its high-quality standards after Brexit.

Lincolnshire farmers have spoken out in recent weeks about the "carnage" they fear leaving the European Union could bring with it and called for assurances.

Victoria Atkins, Conservative MP for Louth, used her appearance at Prime Minister's Questions today to raise their concerns and asked for guarantees that the Government would "continue to back farming".

The backbench MP said: "Last weekend thousands of people came to the Revesby Races in my constituency to enjoy the racing and the delicious local food, including award winning Lincolnshire sausages.

"As the Government prepares to strike new international trade deals, will (the PM) ensure the high standards we expect of our food producers and farmers will be met and maintained in these deals - and will this Government continue to back British farming?" she asked.

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Theresa May, in her reply, reminisced over her own sampling of one of Lincolnshire's most well-known exports.

"I remember when I visited (Mrs Atkins) prior to the general election in 2015, sampling some of the excellent Lincolnshire sausages that come from her constituency," the PM told colleagues in the House of Commons.

The Tory leader said maintaining the "high standards" of standards in farming in Lincolnshire would be a "priority" during the negotiations.

She said: "We do have an opportunity to build a new future for our food and farming industry when we leave the European Union.

"We will maintain the UK's high standards of food safety and animal welfare. That will be a priority for us."

Mrs May said any trade deal Britain entered into would have to be "right for consumers, for businesses and for farmers" and that current "food safety and environmental protections" would have to be met by partner countries.

"We recognise the need for certainty for businesses," continued Mrs May.

"We've already provided guarantees for support for farmers up to 2020. And I assure her, we will continue to back British farmers."

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