Trade deals between Australia and New Zealand are “hugely disappointing” and are undermining Scottish farmers, said Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon.
In a letter to UK trade policy minister Penny Morduant, she said farm gate prices for New Zealand beef were up to 30% lower than Scottish prices – and the deals would lower producer prices countries, allowing foreign exporters unimpeded access after a transition period.
Gougeon also said Australian producers adhere to lower animal welfare standards than their British counterparts.
The New Zealand deal was signed in February, while the Australian deal was signed in December.
Post-Brexit deals aim to boost trade and reduce tariffs on imports into the UK.
In his letter, Gougeon said: “It is not just the Scottish Government that is affected by this trade deal.
“The industry view is clear: the trade agreements the UK government has signed, which provide Australian and New Zealand exporters with unfettered access to the UK market after a short transition period, despite operating at lower regulatory costs and standards, will undermine domestic agricultural food producers.
She continued: “Overall, it is hugely disappointing that these first trade deals, from scratch, have compromised the interests of Scottish farmers, smallholder farmers and food producers so comprehensively and in so many ways. different.
“These trade deals are clearly not delivering the results people were promised if they voted to leave the EU.”
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