Farmers raise 'deep concerns' over Australia trade deal

Farmers raise 'deep concerns' over Australia trade deal”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his British counterpart Boris Johnson overcame sticking points during talks after the Group of Seven meeting in Britain over the weekend, which Morrison had attended as a guest.

The free trade deal will eliminate tariffs on Australian favourites like Jacob's Creek and Hardys wines, swimwear and confectionery, boosting choice for British consumers.

"NFU Cymru has made clear its concerns that this trade agreement with Australia could adversely affect our ambitions to sustainably grow the £7.5 billion Welsh food and drink industry - Wales' biggest employer".

It'll also open the door for British lawyers to practice in Australia, without needing to requalify.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove also harbours fears a deal could fuel demands for Scottish and Welsh independence.

"While it's great for Australia, frankly it should've been New Zealand".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the deal "marks a new dawn in the UK's relationship with Australia, underpinned by. shared history and common values". I think can be greatly enhanced by these additional steps'.

McGuirk reported from Canberra, Australia.

Going the other way, British products including cars, Scotch whisky, biscuits and ceramics will be cheaper to sell into Australia.

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Agriculture has firmed as the major obstacle, with consensus on Australian beef and lamb exports proving to be particularly elusive.

UK Trade Secretary Liz Truss dismissed the concerns, telling the BBC the deal contained opportunities for British farmers. Although numerous provisions are rolled over, it represents a truly "ground up" deal, just half a year into Britain's time as a newly-independent trading nation.

"They're different agreements with different imperatives and quality is the focus for us".

'We either are passionate about growing the markets in which we can operate - providing opportunities for our own producers and suppliers and services - or we will stay in a situation of being unable to take up those opportunities'.

"There can be no doubt that today's announcement of a trading agreement, whether phased or not, is a signal of UK Government's intentions for future trade partnerships and there is a very real risk that a precedent has been set here".

To which Morrison added: "They were".

'And who better to do it than with Australia at this time?'

Speaking from London, Scott Morrison said the historic agreement could be worth up to $1.3 billion a year to Australia and will offer exporters a move away from the volatile Chinese market.

'If tariffs can be avoided, making United Kingdom manufacturers more competitive against worldwide rivals, there is some potential to increase our vehicle exports and we look forward to seeing the finer details of the deal, to ensure the agreement delivers for the automotive sector.

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