Environment Secretary and MP for Redruth and Camborne, George Eustice, has sidestepped questions over his future in the Cabinet, amid reports he will be demoted by Boris Johnson, writes Richard Wheeler of the Press Association.

MPs in the Commons today (Thursday, June 17) heard George Eustice is among those “due for the chop” given the Prime Minister is considering reshuffling his top team.

Labour said Mr Eustice risks being remembered as the man who “betrayed our fishing industry” with Brexit and “betrayed” UK farmers over a trade deal with Australia.

In the lead-up to the UK-Australia deal being agreed, a split in the Cabinet appeared between International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Mr Eustice, who had concerns about the impact on farmers.

Speaking in the Commons, shadow environment secretary Luke Pollard said: “I hope today isn’t the Secretary of State’s last Defra questions because of the rumours from Downing Street that he’s due for the chop.

“But if it were to be true, how will the Secretary of State be spending his next few weeks ensuring that he’s not remembered as the Secretary of State who betrayed our fishing industry and rolled over and betrayed our farmers over an Australian trade deal?”

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Mr Eustice replied: “Well, ministers never comment on reshuffle speculation – particularly when it’s about one’s self.

“But, in the context of fishing we have recently got an agreement with the EU on how to approach shared stocks for the remainder of this year.

“We have got an increase in quota of around 25 per cent – 15 per cent of that coming this year – and we’ve deployed that to actually almost double the fishing opportunities for our inshore fleet in this year.”

Pro-Brexit Mr Eustice was appointed Environment Secretary in February 2020, having previously been a junior minister in the department.