The Labour Party Brexiteer was asked about the US food industry and whether EU protected status for foods like Cornish pasties would be scrapped post-Brexit.

Speaking on BBC’s Any Questions? the MP for Birkenhead ridiculed the idea that the future of the British economy relied on the Cornish pasty claiming it was getting the argument “slightly out of context”.

Mr Field then pointed out the UK should be focusing its attention on fishing rights post-Brexit.

He said: “The whole question of how we decide the issues of Brexit, history holds a really important lesson. Much much more important than the Cornish pasty are fishing rights.

“When we were last negotiating to go into the Common Market all of these things were rushed through at the last minute.

“Ted Heath sold our fishing rights away. The aim surely cannot be the Cornish pasty but is actually going to be over some of these major issues, regaining the treasures of the sea that are rightly ours.

“Fishing rights and actually rebuilding local economies around that produce.”

This week the European Union attempted to secure access to British waters post-Brexit.