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Colin Brazier probes Tony Abbott on Australia trade 'Our farmers can't compete'


During Monday’s GB News, host Colin Brazier got into a heated discussion with Tony Abbott over the Australia trade deal as he pointed out that the UK farmers “can’t compete” with the Australian farmers. The interview comes after it was reported that the UK and Australia are “very, very close” to signing a post-Brexit deal.

During the segment, the former Prime Minister shut down the idea that British farmers are going to be “driven out of business” by Australian farmers.

“There are very forward-looking leaders who want what is best for their respective countries and also want what is best for the wider world,” he began.

“I can understand change being anxiety-inducing. We are naturally change-resistant.

“But I have lived in Britain, and I think I know Britain pretty well.

“British agricultural produce is good produce.”

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He added: “This idea that British lamb and beef farmers are going to be driven out of business by Aussies is just wrong.

“Apart from anything else, they’re different sorts of producers.

“British producers tend to be iron producers. Our producers tend to be mass-market producers and we don’t have the surplus, frankly of agricultural products done by Britain.

“Even if we wanted to and, in any event as I understand the negotiations, there will be a pretty extensive transition period that will give both sides to adjust.”

 “From a strategic point of view, a government has to make sure, the next virus might not be a biological one, it might be digital,” he added.

“All those supply chains are in jeopardy. We need to be able to feed people with our own food, we can’t rely on imports.”

Hitting back at Brazier’s comment, Abbott said that “Britain has always relied on imports”.

He claimed that the UK currently imports over 40 per cent of food.



“Why not add to the source of food that you can import?” he quizzed. “High quality, good value food from Australia.

“It baffles me a little that so many people in Britain are always running the country down.

“Always taking down fears, not hopes. No country has had an impact on the modern world more than Britain.

“When you think of the mother of parliaments, the rule of law, democracy. Britain can cope.”

GB News is available to watch weekdays from 6am.


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