Brexit-Watch, May 05, Catherine McBride
Why couldn’t the UK and Australia agree a trade deal? According to the Australian press the UK’s Agricultural lobby group, aka the influence of Britain’s Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC) scuppered the deal.
Why am I not surprised by this?
Although many people like to be able to say I told you so, the Trade and Agriculture Commission report is something that I really would have preferred to have been wrong about. Not only does ‘Trade’ play a secondary role to ‘Agriculture’, but the only trade they seem interested in, is increasing exports. The benefits to the UK economy of importing less expensive food are ignored, while the needs of the UK’s already heavily subsidised agricultural sector are sacrosanct.
Click here to read the piece in full.