boff180 wrote:... and that is a reason to lower our food safety standards to satisfy another nation because?
A portion of the population want to inject Heroin into their veins on a daily basis, doesn’t mean they should be allowed.
I don't quite follow the heroin analogy but to answer your question, the reason we would lower our food safety standards is because it would be part of a trade deal, therefore there would be a net benefit to the UK as a whole.
Now it would be up to you as an individual to decide if that deal is worth having chlorinated chicken on the shelves. If you work as a florist and your entire business is based within a 10 mile radius then it probably won't be. if you are a factory worker who suddenly finds your output goes up by 150% as your company starts exporting to the US and your wages get a great hike which means you can now afford to buy 100% british chicken then its going to be worth it.
I get the chlorinated chicken example, two words that don't in anyway belong together and I won't be buying it if it appears on the shelves. Same as right now I don't buy any ready made sandwich fillers from my local supermarket, because even though i love the taste, when i look at the packaging it tells me that the chicken comes from Thailand. I make the decision that I am probably better off not eating something from a country I can't help thinking has lower standards than my own and has then been flown half way around the world for me to consume in 5mins at lunchtime. Same as I won't buy battery eggs. And this whilst we are in the EU.
Will we get chlorinated chicken? probably. Will it be the only chicken on the shelf? No. As long as it is packaged and labelled properly I can't really see the issue as long as we get something from the US in return and for that we will just have to wait and see, but to write off a trade deal based on chicken does seem pretty narrow minded.
I actually think that the amount of negative press that has been generated by remainers around this has probably made up most consumers minds already.