Giving evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, DEFRA Secretary Michael Gove refused to confirm that the proposed Agriculture Bill would include any guarantees about post-Brexit food standards, including chlorine-washed chicken. Mr Gove said that any guarantees would be “outside the scope” of the Agriculture Bill.
Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee and a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Michael Gove has once again raised the spectre of foods like chlorine-washed chicken being imported into the UK post-Brexit. That’s not something anyone voted for in 2016.
“Nobody should be in any doubt about the real agenda of Michael Gove and other leading Brexiters. From workers’ rights to food and environmental standards, they see Brexit as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to scrap the protections that most of us today take for granted. They are dodging scrutiny because they know the public do not support this agenda.
“Far from the ‘sunlit uplands’ that were promised, Brexit is fast turning into a house of horrors. That’s why more and more people are calling for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal, so that the people of this country can have the final say.”