Trade deal talks

Truss pledges whisky boost from Australia deal

Liz Truss

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Scotch whisky distillers could benefit from a UK-Australia trade deal, says a UK government minister in the latest attempt to sell the package to UK food and drink producers.

The International Trade Secretary Liz Truss wants to remove the 5% tariff on Scotch and is also hoping for improved legal protection for whisky in the Australian market which is the 8th biggest market for Scotch exports, worth £113 million last year.

The move comes amid ongoing concern about the impact of a zero-tariff deal on Scottish farmers who fear a flood of cheap beef into the UK.

A tentative agreement is understood to have been pencilled in for the week after the G7 summit in Cornwall from 11 to 13 June.

Scott Morrison, the prime minister of Australia, will join the gathering of western leaders and is expected to stay on for bilateral talks.

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