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Farmers 'sold down the river' by Australia Trade Deal

December 21, 2021 11:32 AM
By Peter Dobbs

Brexit: Australia deal will cause £94m blow to UK farming, fishing and forestry

Tim Farron MP in front of Westminster

Tim Farron MP

Government admits that the post-Brexit trade deal with Australia will damage the UK's agriculture and food sectors by hundreds of millions of pounds, according to the government's own impact assessment.

Lib Dem MP Tim Farron comments in an article in the Independent "Boris Johnson has sold farmers down the river to make a quick buck in a misguided trade deal with Australia. Now the reality of what's on the table is clear, it's vital that parliament is given a vote on the deal."

The governements own impact assessment "predicts a reduction in gross value added (GVA) of around 0.7% (£94m) to primary agriculture and 2.65 per cent (£225m) to semi-processed foods compared with 2019.

The economic blow to Britain's agri-food businesses will be "driven by increased import competition in the beef and sheep meat" from Australia",