A UK-Australia free-trade deal has been officially confirmed, with London emphasising a caveat to address concerns voiced by the country’s farmers over the risk of cheaper meat imports from a much larger agricultural partner.

“British farmers will be protected by a cap on tariff-free imports for 15 years, using tariff-rate quotas and other safeguards. We are also supporting agricultural producers to increase their exports overseas, including to new markets in the Indo-Pacific,” a UK government statement from the Department for International Trade read today (15 June) following reports earlier in the day that “broad terms” of an agreement had been reached.

The finer details of the trade deal, however, are still light, with the UK government saying a “final agreement in principle will be published in the coming days” following the conclusion of talks last night between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.

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