Sue Davies, Head of Consumer Protection and Food Policy, Which?, said:
“The success of future trade deals will be judged by the impact they have on the price, choice and safety of the products and services we use every day, so the needs of consumers should be central to trade negotiations with the EU – and this should be reflected by the inclusion of an ambitious consumer chapter in the final deal.
“The government also has an opportunity to set the course for trade negotiations and demonstrate its commitment to the high standards and protections consumers expect by legislating to prevent the import of food and goods produced to lower standards and to enshrine in law existing consumer rights.
“As the UK carves out its future trade policy, the government should also look to build upon the current rights and standards valued by consumers, by pursuing a trade agenda that sets the gold standard globally.”
Notes to editor
Which? believes the government should legislate to prevent the import of lower standard foods such as chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef in the Agriculture Bill and commit to maintaining consumer standards in the upcoming Trade Bill.