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‘Britain is back!’ MP hints at TWO new lucrative trade deals – ‘Getting back in the world’

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Andrew Rosindell, Tory MP for Romford, has hinted at two new deals, including an agreement with New Zealand which “isn’t far behind”. Heralding the UK’s new independence from the EU, Mr Rosindell claimed the two agreements show Britain is “getting back into the world” following Brexit. Indeed, with Trade Secretary Liz Truss expected to announce a deal with Australia ahead of the G7 summit next month, it is thought the agreement may unlock negotiations with New Zealand.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “My understanding is Australia is first down the track and that is expected anytime soon.

“And New Zealand isn’t far behind.

“So I think that New Zealand is coming along.”

The Government hopes to agree a deal with Australia ahead of the G7 summit in what would be a major coup for Ms Truss.

It is also hoped deals with Australia and New Zealand will improve the UK’s links in the Asia-Pacific region.

Indeed, the Government hopes both agreements will also help expedite membership to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Mr Rosindell added: “I think that we’ve neglected the Asia-Pacific for a very long time, I think having our first independent trading with Australia and New Zealand, simply shows that we’re getting back into the world.

“Britain is back, we’re back as a free-trading independent nation, and it’s a great advertisement for what we can do with other countries in the Pacific and Asia region. Particularly, I think about countries like Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan and others, with whom we’ve got huge opportunities to now take part in trade or trade agreements, which we have mutual benefits to all of our countries.

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“It just shows the advantages of being outside the EU.”

Ahead of the announcement of the deal with Australia, the Government has moved to calm tensions over the impact the agreement may have on UK farmers.

Some in the industry fear the upcoming agreement will lead to an influx of Australian meat products into the market which will undercut British farmers.

By removing tariffs on Australian imports, farmers fear British meat will not be able to compete.

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Labour’s Shadow Trade Secretary Emily Thornberry has claimed she will not support the agreement due to this.

Ministers, however, has insisted any agreement will not undercut UK farmers and would not lower British standards in search of an agreement.

Trade minister Greg Hands said: “This will be a great deal for the UK and our farmers will continue to thrive.

“The agreement is a gateway into the massive CPTPP free trade area in Asia and Pacific.

“Our food is among the best in the world and incredibly competitive.

“We should be positive, not fearful of the opportunities that exist for our agriculture and our farmers.”

In 2019, UK businesses trade £18.1billion worth of goods and services with Australia.

Australia is the UK’s seventh-largest trading partner with any deal expected to increase trade by £900million.

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