THE MP for Mid-Worcestershire has called for asparagus to continue to be protected after Brexit.

On Thursday March 8, Nigel Huddleston MP questioned Food Minister, George Eustice, on the future status of protected foods after the UK’s departure from the European Union, with Vale of Evesham Asparagus currently given protected geographical indication (PGI) status by the EU.

PGI is one of three European designations created to protect regional foods against imitation throughout the EU.

Nigel Huddleston asked the minister whether PGI status will still be recognised post-Brexit.

Mr Eustace said that it is the Government’s intention to transfer the existing legislation across.

After leaving the chamber, Mr Huddleston said: “I was delighted to hear the minister confirm that it is his intention for the existing PGI designations to continue to be recognised post-Brexit and know that this will be welcome news to many of my constituents too.

"The granting of PGI status by the EU can make a real difference to regional products like Vale of Evesham Asparagus by boosting brand recognition and sales.

"Vale of Evesham Asparagus is a source of great local pride and I was pleased that the Minister spoke of its fantastic reputation both across the country and around the world.”