Trade Agreements: Australia

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 5th July 2021.

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Photo of Lord Dodds of Duncairn Lord Dodds of Duncairn DUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government in what ways, if any, the application of the UK–Australia free trade deal agreed on 14 June will be different in Northern Ireland than in the rest of the UK.

Photo of Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Lord Grimstone of Boscobel The Minister of State, Department for International Trade, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Government will ensure the agreement works for the whole of the UK and takes appropriate consideration of the UK’s constitutional arrangements and obligations. The Government will provide for application of the treaty to all four constituent nations of the UK, taking into account the effects of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol.

Ministers and officials from the Northern Ireland Executive receive regular updates on the deal. Northern Ireland exporters will benefit fully from the Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Around 90% of all goods exports from Northern Ireland to Australia are machinery and manufacturing-based goods, and once in force this FTA will remove all tariffs on UK exports to Australia, which will help further boost Northern Ireland’s exports.

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