Scotch celebrates UK-Australia trade deal

Marco Green
Июня 15, 2021

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

Our new free-trade agreement opens fantastic opportunities for British businesses and consumers, as well as young people wanting the chance to work and live on the other side of the world.

Mr Morrison said Australian standards on animal welfare were "very high", adding the country was "well respected" on the issue.

'And who better to do it than with Australia?

The Prime Minister said: "Today marks a new dawn in the UK's relationship with Australia, underpinned by our shared history and common values".

More than 450 businesses in Wales exported to Australia a year ago, and life science companies and chemicals manufacturers are set to benefit in particular.

Similar visa relaxations apply for Brits, as well as the removal of their obligation to work on a farm for 88 days, a change that has alarm bells ringing for Nationals MPs.

'At the end of the day there will always be hesitancy. when any country enters into a trade arrangement with any other country - that is quite normal, ' Mr Morrison said.

'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'.

"It's also important to us that trade with Australia is now tariff-free for Scotch whisky - our preference is always for tariff-free trade, which enables Scotch whisky to compete on a level playing field and on the strength of our reputation for quality".

Mr Morrison previously described the effect of the United Kingdom joining the European common market - a forerunner to the EU - in the 1970s as "a devastating blow on Australian producers".

The PM said: "We're opening up to Australia but we're doing it in a staggered way, we're doing it over 15 years".

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

The deal eliminates tariffs on Australian wines, swimwear and confectionery, supposedly saving British households up to £34 million ($62 million) a year.

With reference to the farming industry that had been concerned about greater Australian imports, the government said that British farmers will be protected by a cap on tariff-free imports for 15 years, using tariff-rate quotas and other safeguards.

The UK exported about £4.5 billion worth of goods to Australia in the 12 months to March 2021.Over the same period £139 billion was shipped to the European Union and £45 billion exported to the US.Goods and services combined, Australia was the 14th largest UK export destination past year.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has moved to reassure Australian farmers the workforce will be replaced.

But the spokesman refused to be drawn on what the measures to protect farmers would be, insisting he would not comment on the ongoing negotiations.

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