WE NOW learn the EU has lifted its ban on the import of British beef.

One of the sad consequences of this ruling is thousands of two-week-old calves will again face arduous and distressing journeys to the cruel veal farms of France, Belgium and the Netherlands, when their natural and proper place is their mothers.

These frail and bewildered babies will spend their desperately short lives imprisoned in semi- darkness in solitary confinement, and in crates so tiny they will be unable to turn around.

This is a system so cruel it was outlawed in Britain in 1990, and yet we are prepared to send these poor creatures abroad to endure the same treatment.

How is this for double standards?