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Post Brexit: Amb. Johnson on US Food Trade Deal

by Oui Sat Mar 2nd, 2019 at 06:17:07 PM EST

Post Brexit .. post-ECJ interference - post-pollution regulation - post archaic EU standards - post-ICC membership perhaps?

To protect the consumers ... delivery of chlorinated chicken and pumped-up beef ... beats "dated" EU standards anyday!

What's In A Name? Johnson ...

The EU has a 'Museum of Agriculture' approach to farming, says Woody Johnson | Politico EU |

The U.K. should ignore "smears" about U.S. farming methods and move away from the EU's "Museum of Agriculture" approach, said Woody Johnson, Washington's ambassador to the U.K.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Johnson urges U.K. citizens to embrace a bilateral trade deal that includes a loosening of the EU's agriculture standards.

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"It is time the myths are called out for what they really are: a smear campaign from people with their own protectionist agenda."

Different approaches in the U.K. and EU are "not a question of quality but philosophy," Johnson argued. The U.S. embraces innovation to bring "safe, affordable food" to the world, while the EU emphasizes tradition -- a "Museum of Agriculture approach."

Johnson rebutted some specific concerns: Chlorine washing chicken is a "public safety no-brainer" to eliminate germs, he wrote, pointing out the EU producers do the same to decontaminate fruit and vegetables. And he argued that using growth hormones meant beef could be produced at "lower cost to both the environment and the consumer."

He urged Britons to join the U.S. to "shape the agricultural revolution of the future."  

The future: do it the Trump Way with bullying, lying and building propaganda on fake news. Fascist power play by permanently attacking the "left" and "socialism" of US Democrats like Bernie Sanders and a new band of members in Congress.

The British people and political parties should wise-up before it's too late. Especially to Labour and Jeremy Corbyn, it's time to take a clear stand based on reality politics in the U.K. and stick to mainland Europe.

How do you kick EU 'bastards' out, asks Boris Johnson

Johnson also told the Indian audience that Brexit was misunderstood by those who say it is an "xenophobic, nationalistic and reactionary phenomenon."

"My objection to the EU was not that it was run by foreigners. The problem is we don't really know who is running it," Johnson said, mocking the five presidents of the EU commission, council of ministers, parliament and other bodies.

"I couldn't tell you who they are, or what they do or how they came by their jobs or how they may be removed from office.

"I have no idea how to kick those particular bastards out -- I'm not saying they are bastards. But millions and millions of people in the UK have no idea how the system works. It's completely cut off to them."

Barnier casts doubt on whether UK can leave on schedule | RTE |

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has indicated he does not believe the UK will have enough time to approve British Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal deal by the scheduled exit date of 29 March. Mr Barnier suggested a "technical extension" of up to two months may be needed.

Mrs May has told MPs they will have a "meaningful vote" on her withdrawal plans by 12 March.

Asked if he thought it was possible to reach an agreement by 29 March, even if Westminster gave the green light this month, Mr Barnier told Spain's El Mundo newspaper: "No."

Referencing a technical extension, Mr Barnier added: "But you'll have to ask the United Kingdom. If there is a vote on the 12th and it takes two months to carry out the procedure, it would be justified."

Mrs May has said that if her deal is rejected by Parliament, MPs will be able to vote on whether the UK can leave the EU in a no-deal scenario, and if that is rejected, the Commons can decide on whether to extend Article 50 and delay Brexit for a limited period.

Related reading ...

Food safety in the US-EU TTIP negotiations
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Food safety - rigging the game (July 2008)
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< wipes tears >

Competence in the skills of diplomacy, duties and obligations of an envoy (representative, ambassador) of US fed gov to a foreign gov: "I couldn't tell you who they are, or what they do or how they came by their jobs or how they may be removed from office."

"her withdrawal plans": Evidently, plans to assure food security of UK residents has not yet been tabled, debated, and codified by member so parliament in either UK common law or the UK Withdrawal Bill.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 at 10:14:21 PM EST
Yes, gods forbid you should strive to have viable, rural communities instead of making the world safe for agribusiness.
by rifek on Sat Mar 9th, 2019 at 03:51:56 AM EST

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