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Montevideo, December 14th 2017 - 02:28 UTC

UK's post-Brexit plans on food imports quotas criticized by Australia and New Zealand

Saturday, November 25th 2017 - 23:42 UTC
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Australian trade minister Steven Ciobo asked: why would we accept a proposition that would see a decline in the quota available because of the Brexit decision?” Australian trade minister Steven Ciobo asked: why would we accept a proposition that would see a decline in the quota available because of the Brexit decision?”

Australia has criticized UK's post-Brexit trade plans to split quotas of food imports from around the world. EU rules allow for a certain amount of goods to be brought in from countries outside of the Union without charging full tariffs, but after Brexit, the UK and EU want to split these quotas, based on where the goods are mostly consumed.

 However Australian trade minister Steven Ciobo said it would impose unacceptable restrictions on their exports. He told BBC Radio 4's Today program: “The point is that you have a choice about where you place your quota at the moment.

”Therefore, given that you could put it in the UK or you could put it into continental Europe, why would we accept a proposition that would see a decline in the quota available because of the Brexit decision?“

Dave Harrison, from Beef and Lamb New Zealand, 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 told Today: ”We understand that Brexit causes a lot of difficulties for the European governments, but we don't think third countries should have to take a hit in terms of their negotiated legal rights as a result of that.“

Shanker Singham, of The Legatum Institute, said the UK should talk to other countries about trade directly.

He added: ”We should be going to them and saying we have the ability - once we take up our chair at the WTO [World Trade Organization] - to do trade agreements with you that will include a certain amount of liberalization, depending on what you are prepared to give us.

“But if you damage us on the way to reclaiming our seat on 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 UK's Department of International Trade told Today the government wanted to minimize disruption to trading relationships and would engage with other members of the World Trade Organisation in an “open, inclusive way”.

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  • Jolene

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Dec 01st, 2017 - 03:29 am 0
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