Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of misleading sheep farmers following his announcement the US had lifted a decades-long ban on UK lamb exports.
It comes after leaked emails from Defra suggest Mr Johnson’s claims were misleading, and that the ban has not yet been lifted.
The emails also suggest there are “many steps to be taken” before shipments of British lamb can head across the pond, and it is unlikely products such as kebabs and koftas will be eligible for exports to begin with.
He said: “It will allow kebabs, the kofta, the lamb burgers of the people of the US (to) be supplied at last by Britain, and fantastic juicy cuts of Welsh lamb and everything else.”
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP said he had written to Mr Johnson asking him to clarify whether or not the ban had been lifted.
He said it would be “deeply disappointing” for Scottish farmers and crofters if Mr Johnson’s comments were untrue.
Mr Blackford said: “Boris Johnson must now set the record straight and confirm whether these reports are true.
“Are his claims – as government officials say – ‘misleading’? Has the ban not yet been lifted?”
A Defra spokeswoman said the UK Government does not comment on leaked documents.