CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE: Gove says Brexit will boost exports of pigs’ ears
Michael Gove, the environment secretary, has told a fringe meeting at the Conservative conference that Britain will be able export more pigs’ ears after Brexit. As the Press Association reports, he said leaving the EU would enable UK farmers to do away with ear tags and introduce their own “traceability methods” on livestock.
“There are some cuts of the animal that are hugely popular with the British consumer, others a little less. But some of those cuts are hugely popular elsewhere, say, for example, pigs’ ears are a delicacy in China”
Gove explained that “one of the reasons” why Britain has not been “as successful as we might have been at selling pigs’ ears to China is that EU rules dictate that pigs, like all livestock, have ear tags”. After Brexit these rules would not apply, he said.
“And as a result we can have pigs’ ears that don’t need to be pierced. Unpierced pigs’ ears are worth more.
We will have a fair, competitive advantage – we can sell more pigs’ ears to China and that means there can be more bacon and pork and ham from the other joints of the animal that are popularly sold here.
So by selling more sows’ ears to China we can buy more silk purses for British farmers”
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