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Vince Cable: British foods must be protected

by Steve Beasant on 7 September, 2017

Responding to reports that the EU will be setting out a positioning paper on how celebrated brands from Europe, such as Champagne, should continue to be protected after Brexit, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has demanded that the British government negotiates similar guarantees for prime British brands such as Cornish pasties and Cumberland sausages.

Vince Cable said:

“If European food products will be protected as part of Brexit negotiations, then it’s absolutely essential that British foods have the equivalent protections from cheap foreign imitations.

“The government isn’t doing enough to guarantee the integrity of British brands such as Melton Mowbray pork pies or Cornish Pasties, which command a premium and provide jobs in every region of the UK, making a very significant contribution to the British economy.

“We need to hear more from the government about what they are doing to stand up for the British food and drink industry during these Brexit negotiations if they do insist on taking Britain out of the single market and customs union.”

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