UK ministers move to deny MPs vote on blocking chlorinated chicken imports

Reporting in The Independent states that British cabinet members will use an “obscure” rule to prevent lawmakers from voting on food imports.
calendar icon 12 October 2020
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According to reporting in The Independent and Reuters, the rule would deny MPs a vote on whether to block imports of chlorinated chicken and hormone-fed beef.

The move will see the ministers defeat an attempt to give powers to a new watchdog, amid suspicions that Britain's post-Brexit trade deals, particularly with the United States, will water down food and animal welfare standards.

The step will prevent debate on a key amendment expected to be backed by lawmakers, the newspaper reported.

Ministers will argue that giving increased powers to the new, temporary Trade and Agriculture Commission will impose an extra cost, The Independent reported.

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