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‘There may be a bloodbath’ Brussels commissioner warns of UK trade deal with US

BRITAIN is facing a “bloodbath” over a proposed trade deal with the US, an EU commissioner has warned.

Phil Hogan, agriculture and rural development commissioner in Brussels, also derided Theresa May’s plan to strike agreements with countries around the world as a fanciful notion of a new British Empire.Speaking at a Brexit conference in Dublin, he suggested Trade Secretary Liam Fox’s push for cheap food imports from the US already signals a lowering of standards that risks a revolt from the public.

BrexitGETTY             An EU Commissioner has warned a post-Brexit trade deal with the US could be a ‘bloodbath’


Liam FoxGETTY                Trade Secretary Liam Fox has been accuse of accepting lower standards in a trade deal with the US


There may yet be a bloodbath over these issues

Phil Hogan

Mr Hogan said: ”Liam Fox is pushing for agriculture to be included in such discussions claiming that Americans have been eating hormone beef and chlorine chicken perfectly safely for years, so what’s all the fuss about?”Would British farmers and consumers accept hormone beef and chlorine chicken on their supermarket shelves?”I seriously doubt it. There may yet be a bloodbath over these issues.”

SupermarketGETTY                 EU Commissioner Phil Hogan said British shoppers would not tolerate a drop in quality


Mr Hogan told the conference, organised by the Irish Farmers’ Association, that EU member states ”can rest easy in the knowledge that our negotiating weight in trade deals means that our partners rise to our standards, rather than us lowering to theirs”.He suggested claims by Theresa May that Britain will strike similar deals with other countries outside the EU was also questionable.Mr Hogan said: ”This aim, based on notions of an Empire 2.0, is somewhat fanciful when you look at the trade-offs the UK would have to submit to in order to do deals around the world.”

BrexitGETTY            The formal letter triggering Article 50 is handed over


He said he hoped June’s general election would strengthen Mrs May’s hand in facing down the “looney voices on the right of the Tory party” and that Britain would remain within the EU’s Customs Union.He said: ”It is my hope that, over the course of the coming months, the British Government will recognise that the best way to maintain the freest possible trade in goods such as agri-food products is to remain in the Customs Union, and that sense will prevail.”
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/795875/Brexit-Britain-EU-Commissioner-Phil-Hogan-Liam-Fox-UK-trade-deal-US

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