Letter to Editor: Our lives and livelihoods are on the line

News / Tue 27th Oct 2020 at 09:56am

Dear Editor,

THE Prime Minister’s self-imposed deadline to secure a trade deal with Europe has come and gone. We were all promised a comprehensive deal with Europe – I believe there is still time to deliver that promise. As the second wave of COVID begins, it’s never been more crucial to reach a recovery-boosting deal with Europe.

Polling by Best for Britain shows nearly three quarters (72%) of people in the East of England have already noticed job losses and business closures in their community – something I’ve seen as well. A recent report by the same organisation show countless professions, products and industries will be severely impacted from day one of a no deal exit. To leave the transition period with no plan and no deal would be disastrous in this climate.

Last week also saw the passing of the Agricultural Bill, without the amendments intended to protect our food standards and our farmers. It was a stark reminder that the best guarantee of our high standards is to trade with an ally who shares them. Abandoning trade with our closest neighbour without a plan in place would compound the already vulnerable position of farmers in our region. 

This is not an abstract matter of diplomacy and trade – our lives and our livelihoods are on the line. Let’s pursue a recovery-boosting deal, which lets us work with Europe to recover from COVID and keep our standards high.

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Organ

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