Cabinet row as minister calls for new carbon tax on food from overseas

Cabinet row as minister calls for new carbon tax on food from overseas to protect British farmers against cheaper imports Environment Secretary George Eustice suggested the new carbon tax yesterday The levy could protect farmers against cheaper goods from polluting countries  A government source said carbon taxes only work if also adopted by other countries and … Read more

Old farmers will be paid up to £100,000 to retire in bid to freshen industry with new workers

Old farmers will be paid up to £100,000 to retire in bid to freshen industry with new workers who are keener on green methods Environment Secretary believes older farmers hesitant to use green methods Because of Brexit farmers can receive a higher payout than when in the EU  Old rules saw average farmer receive about … Read more

Cabinet beef: Liz Truss and George Eustice at war over tariff-free Australian food imports

Boris Johnson insisted that British farmers could still benefit from Brexit today as he waded into a major Cabinet rift over an Australian trade deal that could flood the UK with cheap meat.  The Prime Minister signalled his backing for Trade Secretary Liz Truss, who wants to give producers from Down Under tariff-free access to UK … Read more

Keir Starmer blasts Boris Johnson over ‘amber list’ travel chaos

Sir Keir Starmer today attacked Boris Johnson over the Government’s ‘amber list’ travel chaos as he claimed ministers have ‘lost control’ of the situation.   The Labour leader demanded the PM provide ‘absolute clarity’ on the circumstances in which people can go to the countries after 24 hours of ministers contradicting each other.  Sir Keir mocked … Read more

Minister stresses trips to ‘amber list’ countries are NOT illegal

Another minister risked fuelling travel confusion today by stressing holidays to ‘amber list’ countries are not illegal and warnings from Boris Johnson are only ‘guidance’. Gillian Keegan deepened the sense of chaos over the traffic light rules after a day in which a series of senior figures contradicted each other.  The skills minister tried to … Read more

Boris Johnson backs tariff-free access to UK food markets for Australia

Boris Johnson is willing to provide Australia tariff-free access to UK food markets despite fears it could ‘decimate’ the rural economy. Farmers launched a furious backlash yesterday against the proposal to grant Australian produce privileged access, fearing it would mean British farmers with high welfare standards will struggle to compete. The plan to give Australian food exporters … Read more

Travel rules chaos as ministers are overruled by Boris Johnson

The traffic light policy for foreign holidays descended into farce tonight with ministers accused of sowing ‘mass confusion’. On a chaotic day, George Eustice first suggested trips to ‘amber’ countries to see friends and family were acceptable. Yet hours later Boris Johnson over-ruled his Environment Secretary by insisting such travel was off limits. That was … Read more

Coronavirus UK: Thousands of Britons jet off to ‘amber list’ destinations

The Government today caused further confusion over foreign holidays after saying Britons could go to an ‘amber list’ country to see their friends and relatives – as airlines cut prices to Spain, Italy and Greece to as little as £18 next month. Passengers are already heading to amber list countries with 120 flights to them … Read more

Cabinet row erupts over post-Brexit trade deal with Australia

George Eustice and Liz Truss are locked in an ‘absolutely ferocious’ row over the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal with Australia amid fears it could result in the ‘slow death of British farming’.  The Environment Secretary and the International Trade Secretary are reportedly split on whether to grant Australian farmers tariff-free access to the UK.  Mr … Read more