The Tories have made the ability to strike independent trade deals a red line in Brexit negotiations – despite the EU having a proven record of securing advantageous trade deals on the UK’s behalf.
But a chilling 18 page list of US government negotiating priorities published earlier this year outline the potential cost of a trade deal with Trump.
The US priorities include weakening food standards in the UK, opening up our domestic market to genetically modified crops, chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-injected beef – which could disadvantage farmers in Dumfries and Galloway.
Studies have indicated significantly higher rates of salmonella in the US than in the UK, contributing to fears over the safety of reducing food standards.
Commenting, Joan McAlpine MSP said:
“The reality is that the UK alone will be in a much weaker negotiating position than the EU as a whole – and Donald Trump will try to use that weakness to lower standards and open up our market to second class produce.
“That’s bad news for consumers, and bad news for food producers, our local dairy industry, and manufacturing companies in Dumfries and Galloway forced to compete with a flood of cheap, low quality imports.
“Scotland can’t be forced to accept a bargain basement trade deal with Trump.
“We need to stop Brexit – a vote for the SNP in the European election will make clear we will not stand for this.”
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