British farmers “dismayed” at EU agriculture deal claim Tories

May 21, 2009 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

by ePolitix outlines Thursday’s environment, food and rural affairs questions in the Commons.

Shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert has accused the government of failing to fight Britain’s corner during European agriculture negotiations.

Speaking during environment, food and rural affairs questions in the Commons, he said it is now time for the government to “stand aside”.

“When is the government going to stand up for Britain’s interests in Europe?” Herbert asked.

“Britain’s farmers would be dismayed that the government thinks we got a good deal.

“If he can’t do better, isn’t it time to stand aside and make way for a government who will?” he asked

But environment secretary Hilary Benn rejected Herbert’s criticisms, arguing the government had led the way in calling for reform.

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