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A new Animal Welfare Commissioner should be appointed to ensure animal welfare standards are not watered down in any post-Brexit trade deals.

That is one of the key recommendations from Labour’s new 50 point Animal Welfare Plan launched today.

Animal sentience was incorporated into EU law in 2009 following years of campaigning by animal rights activists - so European laws must take into account that animals feel pain and emotion.

We have Europe to thank for Britain getting welfare laws banning barren cages for battery hens, banning sow stalls which kept pigs unable to move for most of their lives and for introducing a Europe wide ban on animal testing.

Member of the European Parliament Alex Mayer said:

“Never has the future of animal welfare looked so uncertain under this Conservative government with a chaotic, race-to-the bottom Brexit.

“With new trade deals on the horizon and the UK no longer subject to EU-wide rules on animal welfare, we want to ensure there is a comprehensive legislative agenda in place.

“We have made impressive advances on animal rights over the years. Britain is a nation of animal lovers so we must speak up on animals’ behalf so no animal is made to suffer unnecessary pain and we continue to drive up standards in line with the most recent scientific understanding.”

The proposals have been endorsed by the League against Cruel Sports, Compassion in World Farming and WWF.

Don't Let Brexit Harm Animal Welfare

A new Animal Welfare Commissioner should be appointed to ensure animal welfare standards are not watered down in any post-Brexit trade deals. That is one of the key recommendations from...

East of England Labour MEP Alex Mayer has criticised Boris Johnson’s speech today, and accused him of “peddling yet more empty rhetoric”.

Ms Mayer said: “Boris’ belligerent Brexiter antics riding around on his big red bus during the referendum got us into this pickle in the first place, and now that voters are starting to see just how much of a mess we are in, he is at it again.

Still we are no clearer about what the Government actually want from Brexit. They rule out the Single Market and Customs Union but don’t say what they want.

The time for rhetoric is long gone. We need detailed policy positions not more Boris bluster.”

More Empty Rhetoric From Belligerent Brexiteer Boris Says Alex Mayer MEP

East of England Labour MEP Alex Mayer has criticised Boris Johnson’s speech today, and accused him of “peddling yet more empty rhetoric”. Ms Mayer said: “Boris’ belligerent Brexiter antics riding...

PancakeA hard Brexit could mean hard luck for pancake lovers, warned Euro MP Alex Mayer this Shrove Tuesday.

Whether you are a traditionalist who likes a squeeze of lemon, if you spread on the Nutella or even if you prefer the savoury route with lashings of cheese, the prices of your favourite pancake fillings could soar, through additional import tariffs.

If Britain leaves the European Union with no deal then the country would have to fall back on World Trade Organisation rules, for all EU-UK trade meaning steep tariffs applied to food imported from the continent.

There will be nothing sweet about the tariff on sugar, jam and confectionery rising from zero to 10.6%, the fruit tariff for lemons could leave a sour taste at 10.6% and shoppers are bound to be cheesed off with the whopping 46% on cheese.

Around a quarter of all food sold by major UK retailers is imported, with four-fifths of it coming from the EU.

Ms Mayer said: “These Brexit pancake filling rises are flipping terrible. It is becoming clearer and clearer a Tory hard Brexit will leave shoppers feeling the pinch and our nation weaker and more isolated.”

Flipping Terrible Brexit Pancake Fillings Rises

A hard Brexit could mean hard luck for pancake lovers, warned Euro MP Alex Mayer this Shrove Tuesday. Whether you are a traditionalist who likes a squeeze of lemon, if...


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