Food made from genetically modified crops will continue to be banned in the UK after Britain leaves the European Union, Michael Gove has suggested.
The Environment secretary’s admission could damage Britain’s attempts to negotiate a trade deal outside of the EU because the US is expected to push for more GM-based foods to be sold in the UK.
Britain is under intense pressure from the US to drop the EU’s ban on GM foods after Brexit to help speed a trade deal with the US.
However the EU has insisted that food standards will not be compromised if the UK and the EU are to agree a trade deal after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.
Over the past two decades European Union scientists have passed 40 crops as safe; yet only one – a GM version of maize – is grown in Spain as animal feed.
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