THE National Farmers Union has met with Defra to urge them not to sacrifice British farming’s high standards ahead of Brexit.

NFU president Minette Batters chaired the union’s first reception for MPs after the general election.

Ms Batters said: “We must value our high farming standards and not sacrifice them in future trade deals, in favour of imports of food produced to standards that would be illegal in the UK.

“This is why I am calling for the Government to introduce a trade and standards commission that can advise the Government on future trade agreements and also scrutinise the negotiations to ensure our high farming standards are not undermined by substandard imports.”