UK and Canada post-Brexit disagreement over beef and cheese

Negotiations between the United Kingdom and Canada on a post-Brexit trade deal have come to a halt after almost two years of discussions.

The deadlock revolves around a heated disagreement concerning beef and cheese.

Canada has been urging the UK to ease restrictions on hormone-treated beef, claiming that the existing ban effectively bars their producers from accessing the British market.

However the UK has raised concerns about the substantial 245% import taxes imposed by Canada on British cheese at the beginning of this year.

This impasse not only jeopardizes trade relations but also has potential repercussions for various sectors. British car firms may face heightened tariffs, and the pause in talks means that the UK’s trading terms with Canada will be less favourable than those established under the EU’s previous deal with the country.

The president of the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales, Minette Batters, expressed satisfaction that the UK government stood firm on the issue of hormone-treated beef. However, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have voiced their concerns, describing the news as unwelcome.

The breakdown in negotiations

however raises uncertainties for the future of trade relations between the UK and Canada, impacting not only the agricultural sector but also the automotive industry and various other businesses.

Stay tuned for further updates on this evolving situation.

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