Australia trade deal sells UK farmers down the river

Responding to news that a trade deal between the UK and Australia has been agreed, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Trade Sarah Olney MP commented: “The Conservatives have serious questions to answer about how this agreement will prevent cheaper and lower quality food products flooding the UK market, threatening our agriculture and food safety.

Sarah Olney MP

“For a deal with such few economic benefits to the UK, the Government should have at least ensured that UK standards on animal welfare are maintained, protecting farmers and consumers, but it seems that they have been sold down the river.

“Ministers must urgently explain what steps they will take to limit the damage from this deal. And they must finally start paying attention to the thousands of small businesses that are struggling to trade with our European neighbours.”

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