Farmers raise concerns as Boris Johnson hails ‘historic’ UK-Australia trade deal



Peter Walker, Fiona Harvey and Lisa O'Carroll | The Guardian

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called for more information about protections for UK farmers in a new trade deal with Australia, as it emerged that some tariff-free protection periods will expire in as little as five years.

The NFU and green groups also raised concerns about a lack of detail on animal welfare and environmental safeguards. Downing Street said UK food standards would not be relaxed, but had no details on areas such as higher levels of antibiotics used in Australian meat.

No 10 said the reductions in tariffs would save UK households up to £34m a year – about £1.20 per household. Under the deal, UK nationals under 35 will also be able to travel and work more freely in Australia.

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