Emily Thorn­berry gaffe: We can’t ex­port food to Aus­tralia!

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LABOUR’S Shadow For­eign Sec­re­tary in­vited ridicule yes­ter­day by say­ing Bri­tain’s food in­dus­try will strug­gle to ex­port to Aus­tralia post- Brexit be­cause its prod­ucts ‘will go off’.

Emily Thorn­berry voiced con­cerns over how the UK will forge new trade links with ma­jor Com­mon­wealth coun­tries once it leaves the Euro­pean sin­gle mar­ket and cus­toms union.

She said farm­ers might strug­gle to ex­port to na­tions be­yond the EU be­cause of the much longer dis­tances in­volved, telling a hus­tings: ‘We need to be hard-headed about this. The truth is the ma­jor­ity of our trade takes place with the Euro­pean Union. And things like our food in­dus­try, you can’t ex­port it to Aus­tralia – it will go off.’

But food is rou­tinely ex­ported from one end of the world to the other.

Tory can­di­date Neil Par­ish said: ‘These com­ments would be funny, but it is no laugh­ing mat­ter that Jeremy Cor­byn and Emily Thorn­berry could be ne­go­ti­at­ing Brexit just 11 days af­ter polling day. If they don’t think we can ex­port food around the world, they would make an ab­so­lute meal of the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.’

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