The BBC reports that the UK government has suffered defeats in the House of Lords in an ongoing tussle over post-Brexit food standards.
Peers struck down an amendment made by MPs last week to the Agriculture Bill.
It now returns to the Commons in the parliamentary “ping-pong” that happens when the two Houses can’t agree.
Peers voted on Tuesday to ensure trade deals meet UK animal welfare and food safety rules, amid fears imports of chlorinated chicken and beef fattened with hormones will be allowed.
The government says it backs high food standards but does not want to include such guarantees in the Agriculture Bill, arguing that MPs will get a say when any post-Brexit regulations in trade deals come before Parliament.
But Labor’s shadow environment minister Lord Grantchester said protections for the UK’s high food standards need to be included in the Agriculture Bill.
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