We are currently living in quite an uncertain world, trying to get used to our ‘new normal.’ The importance of security and stability has only been further highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic, and it is what I and others are seeking most in these challenging times.
With this in mind, it is vital to establish security within our legislation for our future. One way this is being achieved by the Government is through the Agriculture Bill. When passed, the Government will be required to report on the state of the nation’s food security every five years, which will ensure reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food.
We receive our food from a range of sources, including from strong domestic production and overseas imports. Half the food we eat is produced in the UK with an additional 30 per cent coming from the EU and 20 per cent from the rest of the world. This demonstrates that the UK already has excellent levels of food security, and this Bill will ensure this continues, particularly as we look towards reaching the end of our transition period with the EU. I am also pleased to hear ministers reinforce the point that food products such as chlorinated chicken and hormone fed beef remain banned under UK law.
Furthermore, in October, I spoke in a debate on the Immigration Bill and sought reassurance from the Front Bench that undocumented minors and refugees will have the best security following our leaving the EU. I have always believed that the new immigration system is more than simply controlling immigration. It is about attracting the best and brightest from across the world, and the creation of high wage, high skill, high productivity economy.
Additionally, the UK will be able to set regulations for new sectors to encourage investment and new ideas more quickly than when inside the EU. This will benefit individuals on a local level across Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, as the Brexit deal will bring certainty for people’s jobs and support for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
First published: My Local News, November 2020