Australian trade deal could lead UK wine to dominance in Australian markets, union says | Politics | New
Country Land and Business Association vice chairman Mark Tufnell told Express.co.uk that while its members are concerned about the details of a zero-tariff trade deal with Australia, those deals could feature some advantages. Mr Tufnell explained that British sparkling wine is one of the best in the world and is growing rapidly, with exports to overseas countries doubling in 2020. opening up UK products so that they can potentially thrive on the markets below.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Tufnell admitted that it was not all gloomy with the Australia trade deal and said UK wine could do well.
He explained: “[The deal] will assist in the export of our high quality products when properly labeled and properly marketed.
âWelsh lamb is a high quality product and will be welcome in these markets.
âSimilar to Welsh beef, but if you step away from meat and think about other products, we have a thriving wine industry in this country.
âEnglish sparkling wine is among the best in the world and if we can bring this product to Australia, which obviously has its own wine sector, but if we can put it there without the tariff barriers that there are currently, that would be a huge benefit to many of our members.
“Particularly in the South East, but there is also wine grown in Yorkshire and it is widespread throughout the country.
âSo that would be an advantage, and then in the manufacturing sector, the areas where they make tractors, they could be exported and that would help key industries.
“We don’t just represent farmers, we represent rural managers and businesses and rural businesses could easily benefit from these free trade agreements that we have with other countries outside the EU.”
But Mr Tufnell clarified that for many years CLA members have benefited from exporting to the EU and while an Australian deal can be beneficial, it is paltry compared to what they might get. in Europe.
The rural chief also revealed that the CLA, which serves 30,000 member rural businesses representing 50 percent of England’s rural land, has concerns about the Australia trade deal as it fears it will have to compete with an inferior product.
He explained that British meat is some of the best in the world and meets some of the highest standards.
Importing cheaper, lower quality meats sends the message that quality is not important to UK consumers.
The CLA MP added that it was important for food products to be properly labeled with the meat they contain, for example if the ready meals contain British or Australian meat so that the consumer can make better choices .
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Mr Tufnell also explained that for the price of UK meat, the UK consumer gets a very good deal for its high quality.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is moving forward with a zero-tariff trade deal with Australia, which will be the first post-Brexit deal that has not been a renewal or addition to an old one.
The move is believed to have caused rifts in Cabinet, with Environment Secretary George Eustice warning that it could be disastrous for UK farmers who will have to compete with the new products.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove is also reportedly against the deal because he is concerned about the political fallout of the deal.
The SNP opposed the move because it is siding with Scottish farmers – something Mr Gove appeared to be referring to.
Ms Truss is trying to strike the deal ahead of the G7 summit on June 11 and has invited several Australian delegates to the UK ahead of the meeting, although she is not part of the group.
Australia has a thriving wine industry but has been hit by China’s tariffs following political disagreements over the origin of the coronavirus.
China is one of Australia’s biggest markets, but has seen tariffs of up to 220% on its wine.
In 2019, Australia’s wine industry was valued at Â£ 1.5 billion.