The agreement in principle of a trade deal with New Zealand has shown a willingness by the UK Government to undermine UK farming and food security in return for negligible benefits to the economy.
The UK Government’s own figures show that the deal will generate just £112 million in additional exports for UK firms compared to pre-pandemic levels.
The deal will allow New Zealand to increase their exports of food to the UK, representing a major threat to Welsh and GB farmers as well to UK food security.
In the first year, the deal would allow a 30% increase in the amount of New Zealand lamb that can be imported to the UK duty free (i.e. without tariffs), with this figure rising to 44% after five years, followed by further increases and ultimately the removal of all limits after 15 years.