Trade Justice APPG meeting to discuss UK-Australia trade and agriculture

Posted on April 21, 2022
Houses Of Parliament

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Trade Justice is organising a meeting to discuss the Trade and Agriculture Commission's report on the UK-Australia trade deal. Experts in the field will be sharing their analysis and opinion at the event, which takes place from 4pm-5pm on Wednesday 27th April in Parliament.

As part of a broader foreign policy ‘tilt’ to the Asia-Pacific region, the UK signed its trade deal with Australia in December 2021. The deal has been the subject of criticism, with many pointing to Australia’s environmental record, its food and farming standards, inadequate scrutiny throughout negotiations, and the limited projected GDP benefits of a deal.

The Trade and Agriculture Commission, an independent body assessing free trade agreements and their impact on food and farming, published its advice on the Australia deal on 13th April, which responded to these concerns. This event will be an important opportunity for law-makers and civil society organisations to scrutinise the findings of their report.

The event will be chaired by Kenny MacAskill MP, and we will hear from:

  • Professor Lorand Bartels, Chair, Trade and Agriculture Commission
  • Nick von Westenholz, Director of Trade and Business Strategy, National Farmers Union
  • Orla Delargy, Head of Public Affairs, Sustain

Join us for a discussion of UK-Australia and the TAC’s findings, with plenty of time for Q&A. If you are interested in attending, please email for full details.


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