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PMQS: Why are MPs wearing wheat on lapels at PMQs?

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Prime Minister’s Question’s today saw the Labour Party asking several questions about the recent issues with the Government’s test and trace system and further questions regarding the new restrictions being introduced on Monday, September 14. But why are all MPs wearing wheat on their lapels?

Boris Johnson will now officially announce social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from Monday at a news conference at 4pm on Wednesday.

But ahead of this announcement, the PM faced criticism from MPs at the House of Commons during the PMQs.

Sir Keir questioned Mr Johnson about coronavirus and the testing regime being “on the verge of collapse”.

The Labour leader asked who the PM thought is responsible for these testing issues, to which Mr Johnson said he would take “responsibility” for the Government’s management of the pandemic.

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Mr Johnson said the incidences where people have struggled to get tests is due to the success of the Test and Trace scheme. 

He said capacity increasing to 320,000 a day has attracted greater demand.

Some people are not following the guidelines and that is why we are taking “decisive steps” to “intensify” our social distancing measures, to keep the economy going, keep schools open and keep this virus under control Mr Johnson added.

The PM also said he “expects everybody in this country to obey the law”, paving the way for his speech later today.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “We are at a pivotal time for the future of farming and the food on our plates. Nothing will determine this more than how the government shapes trade deals with countries around the world.

“There is no doubt that the countries we are currently negotiating with are demanding access to our prized market for their agriculture products and, right now, a trade agreement could be signed with little parliamentary scrutiny.

“This could result in a massive increase in the amount of food being imported that is produced in ways that would be illegal in this country.”

“Politicians have time and again stated that they will not allow this to happen.

“There is now a clear solution on the table that will allow Parliament to be kept fully informed of the impacts any trade deal will have on the food we all consume.

“Time is running out. Action has to be taken now, or all the warm words will be for nothing.

“Today is Back British Farming Day and we want to celebrate why the British public have complete trust in British food and the farmers that produce it.

“Our farm to fork approach to traceability, how we look after our animals and our environment, and how we lead the world in reducing antibiotic usage are all the envy of the world and yet they are in jeopardy if they are undermined by future trade deals.”

“I would urge all politicians to use today to think about these values, and what we have to lose.

“I would ask them to set British farming as the global standard in sustainable, climate-friendly food production, not undermine it in the pursuit of free trade.

“I would urge peers in the House of Lords to vote for this amendment next week, to amend the Trade Bill to increase Parliamentary scrutiny of trade deals and take a great step towards providing the proper parliamentary oversight of our future trade policy.”



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