Labour MEPs lead campaign to extend geographical protection for authentic, original, great British products

Labour MEPs today voted for a report that is part of a campaign to extend geographical protection to authentic, original non-agricultural products.

Mary Honeyball MEP, Labour’s European spokesperson on legal affairs, told MEPs:

“This campaign is great news for consumers and industries that are producing authentic local goods, and will make it harder for factories half way round the world to pass off cheap knock offs as originals.

“Great British products like Scottish tartan, Harris tweed, Savile Row tailors, West Midlands ceramics and Clipsham limestone should be able to apply for the same geographical protection as Melton Mowbray pies, Cornish pasties, Wensleydale cheese, Lincolnshire sausage and Arbroath smokies.

“When you buy a Savile Row suit, you should be have confidence that it is actually made in Savile Row – not Sweatshop Row.”