Tuesday 18 May 2021 / 11:21 AM Emily Thornberry

Emily Thornberry responds to reports of a Cabinet split over the impact of a proposed UK-Australia trade deal on the British farming industry

Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary, responding to reports in the Financial Times of a Cabinet split over the impact of a proposed UK-Australia trade deal on the British farming industry, said:

 

“If Liz Truss cannot negotiate a trade deal with Australia on the terms she herself proposed last year, the fault lies squarely at her door. So instead of blaming her Cabinet colleagues or the National Farmers Union for these difficulties, she should get on with her job, and deliver the deal that she promised.

 

“It’s perfectly normal that the Australian government should try to get the best possible deal for its agricultural mega-corporations. But British family farmers have a right to expect that Liz Truss will do the same for them, not sell out their livelihoods for the price of a quick trade deal, and a cheap headline at the G7 summit.”