Neil Parish MP has shared his thoughts on the broad terms of the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement.
Whilst welcoming the opportunities that global trade deals such as this one offer the UK, he is concerned about the implications for British farmers. Neil is eager to see provisions that guarantee that British farmers are not undercut by cheap imports which have not been farmed to the same high animal welfare and environmental standards that the UK upholds.
"I do welcome a trade deal with Australia, and I’m pleased to see quotas and safeguards on imports which should offer protection to our farmers. However, I eagerly await more detail, and need to see that imports meet our high animal welfare and environmental standards."
Neil has been urging the Government to finish setting up the Trade and Agriculture Commission to enable it to scrutinise this deal, and ensure that British farmers are properly protected, ahead of the deal being brought before Parliament.
Watch Neil's interview with BBC Newsnight here. The segment on the Australia deal is covered from 20.10 minutes onwards.