British foods must be protected post-Brexit

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.”

There are protected foods in every region of the UK:

North West – Cumberland sausage, Lancashire cheese, Lakeland Herdwick
South East – Whitstable oysters, East Kent goldings, Kentish ale, English wine
South West – Dorset Blue cheese, West Country farmhouse Cheddar, West Country lamb and beef, Gloucestershire Old Spots pork, Exmoor Jersey Blue, Cornish clotted cream, Cornish pasty, Cornish sardines, Plymouth gin
East Midlands – Melton Mowbray pork pie, Stilton, Buxton Blue cheese, Dovedale cheese
West Midlands – Gloucester cheese, Staffordshire cheese, Gloucestershire cider, Herefordshire cider, Worcestershire cider
Yorkshire and the Humber – Yorkshire Wensleydale, Swaledale cheese, Yorkshire forced rhubarb, Traditional Grimsby smoked fish
East of England – Newmarket sausage
North East – Newcastle Brown Ale
Scotland – Scotch whisky, Scotch beef and lamb, Shetland lamb, Orkney beef and lamb, Arbroath smokies, Shetland wool, Scottish salmon
Wales – Welsh beef and lamb, West Wales coracle caught salmon, Anglesey sea salt
Northern Ireland – Irish whiskey, Armagh bramley apples

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Cable: British foods must be protected

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.”

Notes:
There are protected foods in every region of the UK:

North West – Cumberland sausage, Lancashire cheese, Lakeland Herdwick
South East – Whitstable oysters, East Kent goldings, Kentish ale, English wine
South West – Dorset Blue cheese, West Country farmhouse Cheddar, West Country lamb and beef, Gloucestershire Old Spots pork, Exmoor Jersey Blue, Cornish clotted cream, Cornish pasty, Cornish sardines, Plymouth gin
East Midlands – Melton Mowbray pork pie, Stilton, Buxton Blue cheese, Dovedale cheese
West Midlands – Gloucester cheese, Staffordshire cheese, Gloucestershire cider, Herefordshire cider, Worcestershire cider
Yorkshire and the Humber – Yorkshire Wensleydale, Swaledale cheese, Yorkshire forced rhubarb, Traditional Grimsby smoked fish
East of England – Newmarket sausage
North East – Newcastle Brown Ale
Scotland – Scotch whisky, Scotch beef and lamb, Shetland lamb, Orkney beef and lamb, Arbroath smokies, Shetland wool, Scottish salmon
Wales – Welsh beef and lamb, West Wales coracle caught salmon, Anglesey sea salt
Northern Ireland – Irish whiskey, Armagh bramley apples

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Alan Bullion is Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman for Sevenoaks and Swanley
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