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My Daily Digest: May 21, 2021

No quick fix to UK trade talks   Trade Minister Damien O’Connor, who sets off for the United Kingdom next month, must be wondering what type of reception he’ll receive as he looks to ink a trade deal. Reports out of the UK suggest a row brewing within the ruling Conservative Party over whether it should sign up for tariff-free trade.

The positive news is that Prime Minister Boris Johnson supports such a move, but he’s angered local farmers with that stance.

Still, he’s keen to show that the UK can be a force post-Brexit, so will be looking to form new partnerships around the world after severing ties with the European Union.

New Zealand farmers, of course, have been living in the world Johnson wants to inhabit for a number of decades now.

They’ll feel they shouldn’t be taxed for being good farmers.

There’s a lot at stake and a lot for the minister to overcome.


Bryan Gibson


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