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Australia will set the precedent for UK trade deals

The UK-Australia free trade agreement will be our first trade deal since Brexit. It is crucial that government negotiates it in our interest

By David Henig  

A UK-Australia trade deal is expected to be signed when Boris Johnson and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison (left) attend the Cornwall G7 summit in June. Photo: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Doubtless accompanied by a deluge of triumphalist headlines from government-friendly newspapers, the UK will soon complete a first fully new trade deal since leaving the EU. The UK-Australia free trade agreement has been pencilled in for signing during the G7 summit hosted in Cornwall next month, and when something like this appears in such a schedule it is bound to happen.

We can expect to hear about how Australian wine will become cheaper to import, though whether that 10 pence a bottle saving is actually passed on to grateful consumers we can’t know.

Certainly in aggregate the…

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