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BBC Brexit Report Presented EU-Backed Professor As Independent ‘Trade Expert’

Introduced simply as a “trade expert”, Professor Barnard claimed there would be three possible scenarios for food prices if Britain votes to leave: either it remains in the Common Market which would result in “business as usual”, or it enters a new trade agreement, or there is no agreement resulting in tariffs imposed on goods.

Ms Simpson then holds up a pack or bacon, saying if the third scenario happens its price could rise by 15 pence.

She then puts it to Professor Barnard that tariffs could be cut, but the Monnet Chair answers: “Yes, but it would weaken the UK’s hand in any future international trade negotiations.”

Professor Catherine Barnard is Jean Monnet Chair of EU Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge.

The Jean Monnet programme was created by the European Commission with the aim of “stimulating teaching, research and reflection in the field of European integration studies” and universities throughout the world.

At no point is Professor Barnard’s EU affiliation mentioned in the report.

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