Sunday, 15 January 2017

UK should not pursue an Atlantic trade deal at all costs

We have had cases of infection from bacteria  resistant to most antibiotics available in the UK, but as far as I know, although the people concerned are suffering in various degrees, there has been no fatality as a result. Now there has been a death in the United States.  It seems that the unnamed woman picked up the fatal infection in India but the circumstances for producing such "superbugs"exist in the US. The prophylactic use of antibiotics in agriculture is much better controlled in the EU. We must not allow meat from the US in by the back door, which is what might happen if Conservative zealots insist on a post-Brexit trade deal with the States. The EU managed to resist that in the TTIP negotiations, but I fear our negotiators are pretty feeble compared with those in mainland Europe.

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