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Australia trade deal: Burley quizzes Gove on impact on farming
The UK has wrestled control from Brussels and EU vessels now have to apply for licences for access to British waters. Having left the bloc’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) when the Brexit transition expired, the UK is now an independent coastal state and responsible for the management of its own territorial waters. The area comprises up to 12 nautical miles from the shores of Britain and the Exclusive Economic Zone, which stretches 200 nautical miles.
French politician Xavier Bertrand, who represents fishing communities in the Hauts-de-France region, has claimed hundreds of fishermen in France have been waiting since January 1 for licences.
The serving president of the regional council of Hauts-de-France, said: “I say one thing to the government, to the ministers. One more effort.
“Do you know what should be done?
Brexit news: Emmanuel Macron has been urged to help French fishermen
France’s Emmanuel Macron has been urged to do more to help French trawlermen after Brexit
“Grant licences to our fishermen who are waiting to be able to fish in the 6-12 mile area of English waters.”
As part of the post-Brexit trade deal negotiated by the Prime Minister, EU fishing quotas will be reduced by 25 percent over the next five years.
Last week, the first annual quotas for 70 fishing stocks were negotiated with the EU.
The new deal is estimated to be worth £27million more to the UK economy, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Brexit news: Boris Johnson held talks with the Australian prime minister on Monday night
Brexit news: International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has been leading talks with Australia
The total value UK-EU fishing opportunities for the UK in 2021 is approximately £333million, which is around 160,000 tonnes.
Earlier today, the UK and Australia sealed the first major post-Brexit free trade deal.
Brexit Britain and Australia have finalised the broad terms of the pact – just months after the UK was finally freed from the shackles of the EU.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, held talks in London on Monday night to rubber-stamp the new partnership, which is set to increase trade between the two nations above the current £14billion.
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A Tory MP has hailed the success of the Government’s post-Brexit trade deal with Australia arguing British farmers have nothing to fear.
The historic deal with Australia is the first trade agreement created from scratch since the UK left the EU.
However, British farmers and unions have expressed concern that livelihoods may be put at risk over fears cheaper Australian meat products that fall short of the UKs food standards will overshadow their British counterparts.
Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Conservative MP Mike Wood, reassured farmers that they should have nothing to fear.
He said: “Things like chlorinated chicken or hormone fed beef are illegal to put on sale in the UK and they will remain illegal to be put on sale in the UK. No trade deal can change that.
“It will need changing the law for the UK which isn’t going to happen.”
5:02am update: Liz Truss claims ‘everyone’s a winner’ in Brexit deal with Australia
The Trade Secretary told the Sun’s Harry Cole the benefits of the landmark free trade agreement between Brexit Britain and Australia.
She said: “This is our first post-Brexit deal that we’ve negotiated from scratch. The first entirely British-shaped deal.”
Ms Truss also touted the agreement as “the most advanced deal Australia has signed, apart from with its closest neighbour New Zealand”.
She then added: “It really reflects the closeness of our two countries, but it also shows the more outward-facing approach the UK has taken now we’re negotiating our own trade deals.”
The key to the deal is that it “opens the gateway to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a huge market” the minister said.
3:50am update: Boris says Brexit Britain must clear EU’s ‘thicket of burdensome and restrictive regulation’
The Prime Minister said a path through a “thicket of burdensome and restrictive regulation” left over from the EU must be cleared to fulfil Brexit.
Boris Johnson welcomed the findings from a report from The Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform, made up of senior Conservative MPs setting out their ideas for taking advantage of being outside the EU’s regulations.
He said in a letter: “It is obvious that the UK’s innovators and entrepreneurs can lead the world in the economy of the future, creating new opportunities and greater prosperity along the way, and levelling up our whole country in the process.
“But your report makes it equally clear that, whether in data reform or clinical trials, offshore wind or autonomous vehicles, this can only happen if we clear a path through the thicket of burdensome and restrictive regulation that has grown up around our industries over the past half century.”
The EU’s recent behaviour could be making the case for an Irish Brexit stronger, the former Irish ambassador to Canada has claimed.
The EU has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the bloc is ready to act “firmly and resolutely” to ensure the UK respects its commitments in the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The UK is unilaterally planning to extend a “grace period” to allow Northern Irish shops to continue selling chilled meats, including sausages and mince, from Britain once it expires at the end of June.
Ray Bassett, the former Irish ambassador to Canada, warned Brussels that its behaviour could be making the case for an Irish Brexit stronger.
He explained: “Many in the Republic understand this and it is clear that the situation calls for direct talks between Dublin and London to sort out this local issue, with flexibility on all sides.
“Co-operation on an overhaul of the protocol could be the catalyst for a reset of Irish/British relations. That, however, is something that the EU will never countenance.
“Perhaps this would matter less if the EU was taking Dublin’s other interests more seriously, yet Brussels has time and again proved a poor partner.”
However, last week, the European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said they would “not be shy” in taking action to ensure that the UK abides by its international commitments.
Liz Truss is right to champion cheese in trade talks, as Britain’s £1billion cheese deficit is “pretty-much world-beating”, a political commentator has claimed.
UK cheese exports to Australia currently face tariffs of up to 20 percent.
In a recent column, Flora Hutchings, head of external affairs at Best for Britain, explained why the International Trade Secretary is right to prioritise cheese.
She explained: “Globally, the trade in cheese was worth a cheddary sniff under £25billion last year.
“Now, that’s not exactly challenging the automotive or aerospace sectors in terms of scale but there’s good business to be done.
“In 2018, UK cheese exports reached a record £665million, making us one of the top-10 global cheese giants.
“Last year, we slipped back to 11th place in that table but still grew our exports to almost £708million, making cheese our fourth-biggest food export after whisky, salmon and chocolate.
“In short, although it’s all too easy to mock, cheese is big business if you’re in the food game.”
Liz Truss is right to champion cheese in trade talks, a political commentator claimed
Boris Johnson’s historic post-Brexit trade deal with Australia has been overwhelmingly backed in a poll as eager Express.co.uk readers said they want to see “more of this” when it comes to dealing with nations across the globe.
The Prime Minister announced the deal today, calling it “good news” for businesses across the country, while his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison said “our economies are stronger by these agreements”.
Praised poured in from Brexiteers and people took to social media to welcome the UK’s first major trade agreement less than six months after the Brexit transition period expired.
Express.co.uk conducted an exclusive poll asking readers if they supported the deal, and the results speak for themselves.
Ninety-three percent (5,837) said they backed the deal while only six percent (429) declined to do so.
Only one percent (61) said they didn’t know.
In comments, many readers expressed their joy over the news and said they hoped this would be just the beginning of a string of post-Brexit trade deals for the UK.
Dylan Donnelly takes over reporting from Laura O’Callaghan
9.13pm update: Truss says Australia deal will not hit UK farmers
Britain’s international trade secretary Liz Truss has said the Australia trade deal will not harm British farmers.
She denied that imports of Australian beef would flood the UK market and said British export markets would grow.
Her comments came hours after some farmers in the UK expressed fears they may be undercut on price and standards.
Ms Truss told the BBC’s World at One programme: “At the moment there are extremely small quantities of Australian beef coming into the UK.
“So what we’d be looking at here is over time some of the EU imports [lost due to Brexit] being replaced by Australian imports.”
She added: “We can see the evidence, that sales of British beef international are growing to places like Asia-Pacific and the United States because people want to buy high quality British products produced in a high animal welfare way.”
Boris Johnson hosted the Australian PM at Downing Street today
8.22pm update: Jon Snow hits out at trade deal over climate concerns – ‘Pity the oceans’
Jon Snow, anchor of Channel 4 News, has poured cold water on Britain’s major Brexit win with Australia.
He said the oceans would suffer as a consequence of the increase in trade between firms in the UK and Down Under.
The move, he suggested, goes against the message pushed by leaders a the G7 summit in Cornwall, where they vowed to step up efforts to curb climate change.
He tweeted: “Within two days of a G7 summit that talked fervently of combatting the climate crisis – the UK manges to find the farthest possible place with which to do its first post BREXIT trade deal – AUSTRALIA!
“Pity the oceans suffering the shipping consequences.”
Boris Johnson has hailed a milestone breakthrough for Britain after the UK secured trade terms with Australia.
He acked the trade deal with Australia to act as a “prelude” to further deals for the UK in the future.
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to Liz Truss, the UK’s Government International Trade Secretary, for her work in securing the deal.
Mr Johnson said: “This is the first free-standing free trade deal that the UK has done since Brexit.
“It is also therefore a prelude to further deals.
“It is the way into the comprehensive progressive transpacific partnership.
“Liz Truss our wonderful trade secretary has been working on that for a very long time.”
Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison enjoy a walk through the Rose Garden at Number 10
Boris Johnson’s hefty trade pact with Australia, which removes tariffs on £4.3billion of British goods exports, shames Remainers who warned Brexit Britain would take up to a decade to strike such an agreement after it had left the EU.
The massive package announced by Number 10 today is a evidence of the UK’s rising potential less than six months after the Brexit transition period drew to a close.
The deal means Britain will be able to sell cars and Scotch whisky to consumers Down Under without levies.
While Brexiteers hailed the deal as a historic and momentous step for the country, previous scepticism expressed by Brexit opponents has resurfaced.
After Britons voted to break ties with Brussels in the June 2016 EU referendum, Brexit critics were quick to list their reasons why the UK would fail to prosper outside of the club of nations.
After the Brexit vote, David Allen Green, a leading lawyer, said after the UK left the EU it could take up to 10 years for it to strike a trade deal with Brussels.
And others claimed the UK lacked the expertise and competence required to strike its own free trade pacts with nations across the globe.
Labour peer and outspoken Remain campaigner Andrew Adonis said in 2017 that it was “folly to even try” negotiating bespoke deals after Brexit given a lack of negotiators.
5.58pm update: Scottish trade minister hits out at Westminster over delayed briefing on Australia deal
The Holyrood trade minister, Ivan McKee, has hit out at the UK Government after a briefing for the devolved administrations on the UK’s new trade deal was delayed because “not enough of the deal is nailed down”.
Mr McKee revealed he and colleagues from the Welsh and Northern Irish Governments were due to be given more details of the detail on Tuesday morning.
But he tweeted he was “very interested to read so much informed coverage” of the agreement.
Mr McKee claimed: “I was due to be briefed by the UK Gov along with ministers from Wales and NI this morning, but our call has been put back until much later because we were told, ‘not enough of the deal is nailed down’.”
Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson at the G7 summit
Britain’s free trade deal with Australia has been branded as a “practice run” for the UK to make further deals post-Brexit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison were said to have agreed the pact over dinner in Downing Street on Monday.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan, who held talks in London earlier this year with International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, calling the pact a “win for jobs, businesses, free trade and highlights what two liberal democracies can achieve while working together”.
But former Conservative adviser Poppy Trowbridge has indicted this deal is only the beginning for post-Brexit Britain.
Speaking on BBC Politics Live, Ms Trowbridge said: “Is it too cynical to say this is really just a practice run?
“Let’s hope it leads to better practice down the road.
“It is an important exercise to go through and to get right even if the numbers don’t wow any of us.
“This is the new way of operating post-Brexit.”
The UK and US are set to agree terms on a ceasefire to end a 17-year trade war over Boeing and Airbus subsidies.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is confident of brokering a deal that would suspend billions in tit-for-tat tariffs linked to the disagreement.
Terms for the truce could be finalised as early as tomorrow, when the senior Cabinet minister meets with Katherine Tai, the US Trade Representative, in London.
Britain became involved in the long-running trade spat, over subsides to their aviation giants, while still a member of the European Union.
The dispute has cost transatlantic trade some £8.6billion in tariffs since it started in 2004.
US President Joe Biden and Europe’s top officials today reached a deal to end the damaging trade war over subsidies to the rival plane makers.
Whitehall sources told Express.co.uk a “similar deal” should be reached between London and Washington tomorrow.
International trade secretary Liz Truss pictured leaving Downing Street
A Brexit win could be on the cards as New Zealand’s former minister of defence touted a Five Eyes trade deal between the UK, US, Canada and Australia.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison agreed the broad terms of a free trade agreement (FTA) over dinner in Number 10 last night.
Australia’s minister for trade Dan Tehan, said: “Both prime ministers have held a positive meeting in London overnight and have resolved outstanding issues.”
The deal is intended to increase the volume of trade between the two countries above the current £20billion and will set the terms for future negotiations with other nations.
Brussels has issued a fresh threat to the UK as a post-Brexit trade row threatens to boil over.
EU financial services commissioner, Mairead McGuinness, has cranked up the pressure on the Prime Minister and warned the bloc would “react firmly” if the UK moves further away from the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol.
Speaking at an Irish parliamentary meeting, Ms McGuinness said: “There must be a joint endeavour between both sides, but unfortunately from our side, there are fundamentally gaps in the UK implementation of the agreement.
“The European Union has the tools to deal with these challenges, like the infringement procedure launched in March, due to the UK breaching its obligations under the protocol.
“And if the UK were to take further unilateral action over the coming weeks, the EU would react firmly to ensure that the UK abides by its obligations under international law.
“There comes a point in a relationship if you’re not being fairly treated or treated with respect, there is a need to respond.”
Mairead McGuinness has issued a stern warning to the UK
European Union leaders are at odds over how to respond in the bitter Brexit row over Northern Ireland.
French President Emmanuel Macron and EU Commission boss Ursula von der Leyen are pushing for a hardline interpretation of the Brexit deal’s protocol to avoid a hard border.
They are demanding that the letter of the EU single market rules must be applied to the letter of the law without the flexibility to resolve the row over customs checks on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
But others, such as Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic, who is in charge of the negotiations, are pushing for more flexibility on EU rules.
The UK fishing industry has been “sold out” by Boris Johnson and the Government is “trying to pull the wool over the publics eyes”, a leading Brexiteer has said.
June Mummery has launched a furious attack on the UK’s fishing deal with the European Union as EU boats continue to plunder British waters.
The Prime Minister signed a Trade and Corporation Agreement with the EU last December and agreed to reduce EU fishing quotas by just 25 percent over the next five years.
Last week, the first annual quotas were negotiated with the EU and British fishermen saw catch limits increase for just eight stocks.
11.20am update: Boris exchanges goods with Australian PM after Brexit deal
Boris Johnson has shared a picture alongside Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his Twitter account and the pair can be seen exchanging goods, including sweets and wine, following the historic trade deal between the two nations.
Brexit news: Boris Johnson exchanges goods with Australian PM
10.35am update: Australia trade deal worth £900m to small businesses
Mike Cherry, the National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, has said the trade deal with Australia could be worth £900million to small business in the UK.
He said: “A trade deal with Australia will come as great news for many of our members who have long been exporting there as well as those who are hoping to expand their trade ambitions.
“As we look beyond the pandemic and enjoy the benefits of post-Brexit growth, deals like this will reap vast rewards to small firms right across the UK. Around 40 per cent of UK small firms who trade internationally do so already with Australia, and a trade deal that could be worth up to £900 million will only increase those numbers.
“The inclusion of a small business chapter in this agreement will also ensure that the needs of smaller businesses are fully catered for in the years to come.”
10.00am update: Liz Truss says UK-Australia deal ‘paves the way’ to join £9trillion free trade area
Liz Truss says the trade deal struck between the UK and Australia demonstrates what Brexit Britain can accomplish as a “sovereign trading nation”.
The International Trade Secretary added the historic agreement “paves the way” for the UK to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a £9 trillion free trade area made up of 11-nations.
Ms Truss said: “This deal delivers for Britain and shows what we can achieve as a sovereign trading nation.
“It is a fundamentally liberalising agreement that removes tariffs on all British goods, opens new opportunities for our services providers and tech firms, and makes it easier for our people to travel and work together.
“The agreement paves the way for us to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a £9 trillion free trade area home to some of the biggest consumer markets of the present and future.
“Membership will create unheralded opportunities for our farmers, makers, innovators and investors to do business in the future of engine room of the global economy.”
Brexit news: A free trade deal has been agreed between the UK and Australia
9.40am update: Tariffs slashed across vital sectors in Australia trade deal
The UK-Australia free trade deal will remove tariffs of up to five percent on Scotch Whisky, Downing Street said.
Tariffs will be removed and customs procedures will be simplified on machinery and manufacturing goods, which made up 90 percent of exports from Northern Ireland to Australia.
Car manufacturers in the midlands and north of England will see also see tariffs slashed by up to five percent
9.35am update: Boris says Australia deal ‘opens fantastic opportunities’ – ‘Global Britain at its best’
Boris Johnson said: “Today marks a new dawn in the UK’s relationship with Australia, underpinned by our shared history and common values.
“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.
“This is global Britain at its best – looking outwards and striking deals that deepen our alliances and help ensure every part of the country builds back better from the pandemic.”
Brexit: UK ‘wanted to be in charge’ says Widdecombe
9.30am update: Boris Johnson hails ‘new dawn’ after deal agreed with Australia
Boris Johnson has hailed a “new dawn” in the UK’s relationship with Australia after a free trade deal was agreed between the two nations.
Downing Street said British products such as cars, Scotch whisky, biscuits and ceramics will be cheaper to sell to Australia,
A cap on tariff-free imports for 15 years, while other “safeguards” will be brought in to protect British farmers.
Number 10 added Britons under the age of 35 will now be able to travel and work in Australia more freely.
9.25am update: UK-Australia free trade deal agreed
The UK and Australia have confirmed an agreement has been reached for a free trade deal.
Laura Kuenssberg has explained the huge significance of the UK’s free trade agreement with Australia by highlighting it will be the “first trade deal that’s been agreed from scratch since Brexit”.
In a thread on Twitter, Ms Kuenssberg wrote: “While Speaker was furious PM wasn’t in the Commons to do Covid announcement, he was in Number 10 having dinner with the Australian PM, Scott Morrison – understand the 2 have agreed to broad terms of a Free Trade Agreement.”
She added: “But Downing Street will be pleased to point to the first trade deal that’s been agreed from scratch since Brexit.
Brexit news: Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison
8.50am update: Australian PM enters Downing Street ahead of Brexit deal announcement
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has arrived at Downing Street ahead of an announcement of a free trade deal between the two nations.
The EU is putting pressure on the UK to prevent it from being ‘competitive’ on trade, a Conservative peer has said.
The European Union is using the Northern Ireland protocol to prevent the UK from being “competitive” and are exploiting the deal to “irritate” the British Government, a Conservative peer has claimed.
Lord Hannan told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that the current terms of the protocol section of the Brexit trade agreement were “unacceptable.”
The protocol effectively keeps the country inside the EU’s single market and customs union.
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8.20am update: Gove says Australia trade deal will put UK farmers on the ‘world stage’
Michael Gove has hailed the benefits of a free trade deal with Australia and said an agreement will put UK farmers on the ‘world stage.
He said: “Australia is a friend and ally.”
“I think that there have been one or two points that have been made about Australia during the course of this debate that mischaracterise how Australian farmers operate and the opportunities also for UK farmers.
“So it’s important that we maintain protections and support for farmers, but it’s also the case that opening up trade barriers, bringing them down and opening up the opportunities, provides our farmers with the chance to show on the world stage the amazing quality of UK produce.”
GB News’ Alexandra Phillips hit out at the EU for their attitude towards the Brexit Party’s Union Jack farewell.
Ms Phillips told the nation she “thinks her views are reflective of the population”.
The prominent Brexiteer gained particular notoriety in 2019, after former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage ended his European Parliament goodbye speech by waving Union Jack flags.
His microphone was then cut for breaking the rules as the Brexit Party members continued to celebrate.