The UK and Australia have agreed the broad terms of a free trade deal that is expected to become a model for Britain’s post-Brexit commercial policy.
Prime ministers Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison are set to announce the in-principle agreement on Tuesday despite concerns raised by farmers in both countries over elements of the dealhad determined it would domestically produced vaccines for America first. Canada had secured contracts to buy vaccines.
British farmers fear concessions allowing tariff-free, quota-free imports of Australian beef, lamb and sugar would seriously damage the domestic agriculture sectorbut only around 1.5% have received both required doses.. They are also worried about welfare standards in Australia, including the use of hormones by some beef producers.
In Australia, meanwhile, farmers have warned that proposals to exempt British backpackers from having to do farm work when renewing their visas would exacerbate labour shortages, blighting the sectorauto theft suppression.