‘They are a high standards country!’ Liz Truss dismisses Brexit Australian deal fears

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International Trade Secretary Liz Truss spoke on Times Radio with Matt Chorley to discuss the newly agreed Brexit trade deal. Mr Chorley warned that British standards for animal welfare would drop to compete with Australia’s, farmers. Ms Truss argued this would not be the case in the trade deal and the UK would see standards improve further over time.

Mr Chorley said: “You are talking about British farmers having to adjust, British farmers can’t do anything to compete with Australian farmers.

“This is because animal welfare standards are so much lower in Australia.

“British farmers can’t compete with that because it costs more to essentially treat their livestock better.”

Ms Truss argued that this would not be an issue in this trade deal as the differences in welfare standards have been discussed.

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She said: “First of all, we have agreed an animal welfare chapter with Australia in this trade deal.

“We will also not be lowering our standards so we will not be allowing hormone-injected beef into Britain.

“In fact, Australia is highly rated in terms of animal welfare by the international welfare organisations.

“I don’t agree with those comments and Australia is a high standards country.

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“We have an agreement here which is going to see standards of animal welfare improve over time.”

Mr Chorley added that in future trade deals with other countries with lower animal welfare standards, the UK is willing to give ground on this issue to strike a deal.

Ms Truss sidestepped this possibility and noted how crucial a trading partner Australia is to the UK based on the two countries’ friendship.

She said: “The point about Australia is they are a very close friend of the United Kingdom.

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“They are a country with similarly high standards in areas like the environment, animal welfare and indeed labour standards.

“This is why we have been able to agree this very ambitious deal.

“A deal that gives us great access to each other’s market, makes it easier for people to go live and work in Australia.”

The terms of the full agreement have yet to be disclosed but the elimination of tariffs is expected to be rolled out over a period of 15 years, allowing businesses on both sides to adapt to the new trading arrangements.

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