UK-Australia trade deal after Brexit reached in general terms | Politics
Details of a trade deal between the UK and Australia will be announced on Tuesday morning, according to the Guardian.
A spokesperson for the Department of International Trade confirmed that general terms were struck on Monday evening, after Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison dined in Downing Street.
More information is expected to be released by No.10 around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, an official confirmed. The Guardian understands that there are plans to hold a press conference afterwards.
If confirmed, the deal would be the first to be negotiated from scratch since the UK left the EU in January 2020. The government signed a free trade agreement with Japan in October 2020 , which builds on the existing agreement that had been put in place between Tokyo. and the European Union.
Johnson and Morrison dined on Welsh lamb, Scottish smoked salmon and Australian wine while finalizing the deal, the BBC reported.
Farmers have already raised concerns about the potential of a zero-tariff, zero-quota trade deal with Australia, which could undermine them through cheap imports, affecting the viability of their business.
Other fears include that any deal could bring cheaper meat with lower welfare standards to the UK market, hitting UK farmers who have operated to higher standards.
National Farmers’ Union president Minette Batters told the Observer in May that a deal could have “serious implications for British agriculture and apparently offer very little benefit to the economy.”
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack told BBC Scotland’s The Sunday Show on Sunday that there were “guarantees” built into the trade deal “so we don’t see the market overwhelmed or dramatic price cuts” .
The news broke late Monday night, hours after House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle lambasted the government and Johnson for failing to personally announce the four-week delay in the government’s roadmap. England on Covid-19 in parliament, and for going to dinner instead.
Rather, he said the decision to notify reporters in advance of the announcement was “completely unacceptable. [and] disrespectful ”to voters, adding:“ The Prime Minister should be here, I’m sorry if his dinner would have been affected. I was told he was in Brussels. I think the closest brussels tonight was the cabbages in the dinner he was served.