Responding to the LGA's report outlining the effects of Brexit on the UK food and farming industries (pdf here), former Liberal Democrat Leader and Spokesperson for the Environment and Rural Affairs, Tim Farron, said:
"Withdrawing from the EU will entail severing ties to fundamental regulatory bodies responsible for maintaining food standards. It is clear that the Tories have no substantial plans to replace or replicate this key, underappreciated element of EU infrastructure.
"The UK makes routine use of these bodies, which ensure that the food on our plates is a high quality, and provide incentives for responsible, sustainable farming.
"This report highlights the devastating implications of Brexit to farming and food standards, and the Tories must sit up and listen."