The Daily Telegraph

Britain to unveil bespoke trade deal with Australia

- By Daily Telegraph Reporter

A TRADE deal between the UK and Australia is expected to be announced today following a meeting between Boris Johnson and his counterpar­t Scott Morrison last night.

The broad terms of Britain’s first bespoke post-brexit trade deal were agreed over a dinner with the Australian prime minister at No10, according to Sky News.

A sticking point in the negotiatio­ns had been Britain’s offer of tariff- and quota-free access for lamb and beef exports. However, Australia rejected the proposed 15-year transition period for UK farmers, calling for a five-year transition instead.

The proposed deal has been criticised by British farmers who claim it could ruin their business.

Emily Thornberry, the shadow internatio­nal trade secretary, previously warned Mr Johnson against striking the deal, which could “decimate our farming industry” just “to prove a political point” about Britain’s post-brexit economic independen­ce.

The Department for Internatio­nal Trade has repeatedly insisted any trade deals signed will not “undercut UK farmers or compromise our high standards”.

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