UK farmers pay the price for high welfare.

British farming unions are urging legislators in Brussels to bring the rest of Europe up to scratch on welfare regulations.

NFU deputy president, Meurig Raymond said "The quality and standards we adopt are higher than anywhere in the world.  The Commission must remain strong on this and not allow any relaxation of the rules."

NFU used UK egg producers as a prime example, explaining that they have invested up to £400m in the last 18 months and suggested that they will be angry to find others in Europer looking for derogations because they have not yet come up to standard.

The Commission assured NFU that member states would not be granted special favours to delay welfare regulations or sell products from banned production systems on the open market.

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