The Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT) is calling for post-Brexit trade deals to back British farmers by ensuring a level playing field on standards. This is in response to the Government’s publication of the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Danielle Dewe, Chief Executive of the CRT, said: “The UK upholds some of the highest agricultural standards in the world, but the staged liberalisation of tariffs on Australian agricultural products as part of the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement risks undermining British farmers. The UK was the first country to legislate to protect animals in 1822, and we welcome the Government's ongoing commitment to raising the bar, as per the Animal Welfare Action Plan. However, this is not consistent with making produce available that does not match our world-leading standards. Against the backdrop of climate change and biodiversity loss, it couldn’t be more crucial that we get this right. We support the calls from the farming community for the Government to back British farmers.”

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