Scotch celebrates UK-Australia trade deal

UK PM Johnson, Australias Morrison agree historic free trade agreement

"A trade deal with Australia will come as great news for many of our members who have always been exporting there as well as those who are hoping to expand their trade ambitions, said Mike Cherry, National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses".

Sussex beef producer David Exwood says: "It will threaten to undermine all the great work that British farmers have done for biodiversity, carbon [emissions] and animal welfare by bringing in unlimited amounts of beef and other products that we can't hope to compete with and could completely undermine our market".

NFU Scotland had previously contacted Scottish politicians to seek their support in ensuring that any trade deal with Australia followed the correct process. I think can be greatly enhanced by these additional steps'.

In Mars 2021, we wrote about the risk of Australian renouncement concerning the deal and about the travel of the Naval Group's CEO, Pierre Eric Pommelet, in Australia to save the agreement.

Finny said New Zealand had veto rights over CPTPP membership. The text of the agreement in principle will be published in the "coming days". Farmers also fear they could be undercut on prices with discount imports.

Sheep meat in particular faces 50 per cent tariffs outside its traditional quota.

The government listed out the benefits of the deal as helping Scotland by removing tariffs of up to 5 per cent on Scotch whisky; tariffs will be removed and customs procedures simplified on machinery and manufacturing goods; and vehicle manufacturers in the midlands and north of England, including Tata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover, will see tariffs of up to 5 per cent cut, expected to boost the demand for their exports. And how do farmers feel about what's been agreed?

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National's Trade spokesman Todd Muller said the pressure was now on O'Connor to seal a deal after Australia's trade minister had been summoned in April.

Trade in meat between the two countries remains small at present, with 14% of sheep meat imports to the United Kingdom coming from Australia and just 0.15% of all Australian beef exports going to the UK.

Kiwi exporters wanted to access the UK without constraints, businesses wanted UK investment and perspectives, and employers wanted to access skilled people from the UK to help their Covid-19 recovery, Muller said.

"What we've seen from the UK Prime Minister and the Australia Prime Minister is a contagious enthusiasm for what's possible".

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

An FTA with Australia is also dubbed as a gateway into the fast-growing Indo-Pacific region, which covers India.

The UK exported 5.4 billion pounds worth of services, including 1.4 billion pounds of insurance and pension services and 780 million pounds of financial services, to Australia in 2020. It receives cars, medicaments and alcoholic beverages from Britain in return.

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