‘A new dawn’: Boris Johnson hails UK-Australia trade deal


oris Johnson described today as a “new dawn” in the UK’s relationship with Australia after the two countries struck a free trade deal.

The Prime Minister sealed the deal over dinner with the Australian PM Scott Morrison in Downing Street last night.

It marks the first major trade deal negotiated from scratch by the Government since the UK left the EU.

However, the UK’s economic boost from the deal is expected to be a modest 0.02 per cent of GDP over 15 years.

In the run-up to the agreement, a split emerged between International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Environment Secretary George Eustice who was reportedly concerned about the impact on farmers.

Some UK industry leaders raised concerns about potential compromises to food standards while farmers worried they could be undercut by cut-price imports.

Downing Street insisted farmers will be protected by a cap on tariff-free imports for 15 years and other “safeguards”.

The deal means British products such as cars, Scotch whisky, biscuits and ceramics will be cheaper to sell to Australia, the UK Government said.

Meanwhile, it will eliminate tariffs on popular Australian products such as Jacob’s Creek and Hardys wines and swimwear.

It will also allow Brits under the age of 35 to travel and work in Australia “more freely”, according to Downing Street.


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