Containing a summary of IMTA’s position on key issues facing the meat sector, the manifesto covers the essential role of meat, specifically in regards to imports in the UK, the importance of market access for UK exports, consultation with stakeholders, and the UK-EU future economic partnership.
Issues raised in the manifesto included highlighting that imports made up 40.5% of meat consumed in the UK in 2018 and that they are vital for the UK’s food security; the Government should invest in securing access to more export markets for British beef, lamb, pork and poultry and that the UK Government should run full consultations on the future tariff policy and import regime.
IMTA also called for the Future Economic Partnership between the UK and the EU to ensure as free and frictionless trade as is feasible.
It also stressed the need for access to labour for workers in its slaughterhouses, cutting plants and further processing facilities as well as access to veterinary professionals.
IMTA CEO Katie Doherty said: “With the very uncertain political climate, our members really need clarity about what the trading relationship will look like for the UK with the EU and further afield. Our manifesto lays out our key asks of those in government to deliver the best possible outcome for our members and the wider industry.”