Coming from a farming family I understand the importance of agriculture to the UK economy. I am proud to represent a constituency in Parliament, Ynys Môn, that is home to an agricultural sector that operates to some of the highest standards, produces some of the highest quality produce, in the United Kingdom, if not globally. Agriculture is crucial to the success of our local economy and is one of the cornerstones of the success of the island’s tourism and hospitality sector. Since being elected I have regularly engaged with the NFU, FUW and the Anglesey Young Farmers Federation and, during this unprecedented crisis, I have seen our farmers working tirelessly, in the face of enormous challenges, to feed our nation. I am in awe of their steadfastness and we should all be hugely grateful for their invaluable contribution in our battle against Covid-19.
The Conservative Party manifesto, on which I stood, was explicit in pledging that in all of the Government’s trade negotiations there will be no compromise on the UK’s high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards. The Government is firmly committed to upholding these standards outside the EU and the EU Withdrawal Act will transfer all existing EU food safety provisions, including existing import requirements, onto the UK statute book.