Australia knocks UK Brexit trade plan

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Australia has criticised the UK post-Brexit trade plans to split the shares of imports of food products coming from all over the world.

EU rules to allow a certain amount of goods imported from countries outside the Union, without the need of charging full rates.

After Brexit, the UNITED kingdom and the EU want to divide these shares, on the basis of where the goods are consumed.

But the minister for trade, Australian Steven Ciobo said it would be unacceptable to impose restrictions on exports.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The point is that you have a choice on which is placed the odds at the moment.

“Then, since you could just put in UK, or you could put it in continental Europe, why should we accept a proposal that would see a fall in the share because of Brexit decision?”
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Dave Harrison, Beef and Lamb, New Zealand, has agreed that its finances could be hit hard if they were not allowed to choose where to import more or less of their products.

He said Today: “We are aware that Brexit causes a lot of difficulties for the European governments, but we do not think other countries should take a hit in terms of negotiating legal rights as a result of that.”

Shanker Singham, of the Legatum Institute, said that the UK should not speak of other countries, the market directly.

He added: “we should go to them and say that we have the opportunity – once we take our chair to the WTO, the World Trade Organization] – to make commercial agreements with you, including a certain amount of liberalisation, depending on what you are willing to give.

“But if you give to us on the road to the recovery of the headquarters of the WTO, we are not going to be able to do those deals with you.”

The US, Brazil and Canada are also said to have their doubts about the new deal, believing it could hit them financially.

A spokesman for the BRITISH ministry of International Trade, Today said that the government wanted to minimise disruption to commercial relations and would work together with other members of the World Trade Organization in an “open the road”.Campaign impact

In the meantime, the Tory MP Neil Parish, who chairs the environment, food and rural affairs committee in Parliament, has raised the concern that if the UNITED kingdom exports to the EU have been affected post-Brexit and more imports came into the country from further away, it could affect the industries on our shores.

Shadow secretary for international trade, Barry Gardiner, also said the wider implications may see an impact on the English countryside.

“How it affects agriculture, as well, influence the way in which our country seems to be,” he said. “This means that you are also interested in the tourism sector.

“These are huge decisions that are made and we need to protect our farmers to make sure that our campaign looks the way you want to. “