Despite farmers’ concerns, the UK will still provide Australia’s tariff-free trade agreement
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted that despite the warning that it may seriously harm the interests of British farmers, it should continue. The UK will provide Australia with a tariff-free and quota-free trade agreement on Friday.
Downing Street declined to comment on the details, but did not deny sun Tariffs will be abolished 15 years later, giving British farmers time to prepare to face new competition in areas such as beef and lamb.
This result represents the victory of the Cabinet Free Traders led by International Trade Minister Liz Truss, who insisted that the United Kingdom provide Australia with zero tariffs with the EU after Brexit, similar to the zero quota agreement Agreement.
Truss will discuss the proposal on Friday with her Australian counterpart Dan Tehan, who insists that any trade agreement with the UK should include full tariff liberalization, including tariffs on agriculture.
Tehan said on Friday that the Australia-Australia Free Trade Agreement will make British farmers fearless, insisting that it will provide opportunities to strengthen cooperation with Australian-Australian farmers and pave the way for Britain to join the broader Asia-Pacific agreement.
He told business leaders at the Australian British Chamber of Commerce event in Sydney: “We should not worry about economic relations, we should embrace it, and we should seek to learn from each other.”
He will not comment on whether Australia opposes extending tariffs or maintaining quotas to protect British farmers.
Minette Batters, chairman of the National Farmers Federation, said that potential agreements fail to protect British farmers and livestock producers face the greatest risk
She said: “We continue to believe that the tariff-free trade agreement with Australia will endanger our own agricultural industry and will lead to the demise of many beef and sheep farms throughout the UK.” “Whether it is the immediate removal of tariffs or 15 years later. It’s all about removing tariffs.”
She said that NFU is seeking “urgent clarification from the government on how this trade agreement is in line with their policy of respecting sensitive areas.”
British Environment Minister George Eustice has stated that zero tariffs should only be applied to designated quotas for beef or lamb imports, so that protective measures can be maintained in the event of a surge in imports.
But Australia has stated that such restrictions are unacceptable, and Johnson insisted on an ambitious deal at the senior cabinet ministers meeting on Thursday.
Johnson told MPs on Wednesday that British farmers are innovative and can have confidence in selling their high-quality products around the world.
Regardless of whether it is a politician or a farmer, Australia’s trade agreement is regarded as the touchstone of the UK’s post-Brexit business policy. Robin Traquair, vice president of NFU Scotland, said that the possible agreement is a “weak link in the wedge”, which he expects will lead to similar agreements with countries such as New Zealand and the United States. In Australia and Australia, typical The scale of livestock farms is much larger than that of the United Kingdom.
He said: “I can see the reduction in the number of farmers and the farms that must be expanded.”
Attorney General Robert Buckland told the BBC Nowadays One plan on Friday is that the UK’s animal welfare standards will not be weakened to accommodate the agreement with Canberra.
“The government has always said that we have reached any free trade agreement with Australia or other countries in the world… Of course, we will take into account the high welfare standards we have implemented in the UK,” he said.
“Of course, considering the quality and excellence of the products produced in the UK, we will of course ensure that we do not weaken the interests of British farmers or put them at a disadvantage.”
Sheep is currently Australia’s second largest export to the UK, second only to wine: 45.7 million pounds of Australian lamb and mutton will arrive in the UK in 2020, and EU-style tariffs and quotas still exist. According to data from the UK Tax and Customs Administration and the Food and Beverage Federation, beef exports are relatively small at 4.1 million pounds.
But Peter Hardwick, a trade policy adviser for the British Meat Processors Association, said the arrival of relatively small amounts of cheaper cuts of beef, such as striped tenderloin, which are the most profitable, could severely hit British producers.
He said: “When people talk about “thousands of tons”, the question is, “What tons? “There are thousands of tons of high-quality meat that is duty-free.The EU’s strict tariff quotas are no coincidence [quota limits] in this regard. Australia will not provide us with cheap manufactured beef. “
Farmers are also worried that Australia’s potential imports of cane sugar will compete with British sugar beets, and the British sugar beet industry is already under pressure. Tate & Lyle Sugars, the UK’s only cane sugar importer, has previously stated that it hopes to import more Australian products.
Neil Parish, chairman of the House of Commons Environment Committee, said this week that British farmers will have to face “more competition” and must innovate in the coming years.
Tyne said that the free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia can provide a template for the United Kingdom to join the CPTPP, which is a comprehensive trade agreement covering 11 countries in Asia, Latin America and Oceania. He added that Britain’s accession to the agreement will open up a huge new market for British farmers.