Concern for Irish farmers as UK considers 'British-only button' for online food shoppers
Talks are under way that could allow online grocery shoppers to only buy British products, a minister has said.
Environment minister George Eustice said he was talking with the National Farmers' Union (NFU) about the labelling system for food online.
Tory MPs urged the Government to introduce a button to press while food shopping online "so that you can just choose from British products".
Irish food exports to the UK were 8% lower in 2016 at €4.1 billion, affected by a weaker sterling. The share of exports to the UK declined from 41% to 37%
The comments came during a Westminster Hall debate on the future of food labelling, where Mr Eustice also said ministers were looking at using trademark laws to improve the labelling of Angus beef.
Conservative MP Rebecca Pow (Taunton Deane) said: "I would like to raise the subject of labelling on online shopping, because often if one wants to shop online one doesn't know whether it's British food or not.
"Would there be a way that we could consider having a button to press when you do your online shop so that you can just choose from British produce?
"Surely that's really going to help us as we leave the EU?"