Daniel Hannan MEP claimed the UK will be able to remove EU trade barriers to cheap agricultural imports ensuring people on the lowest incomes will benefit from the most.

Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Mr Hannan said: “The EU applies a lot of barriers, particularly non-tariff barriers to some of the poorest countries in the world, especially in the field of agriculture.”

The Tory MEP was asked whether leaving the EU would ensure Britain could remove trade barriers and welcome more imports of cheaper agricultural products. 

Mr Hannan nodded yes and added: “So that prices in the UK fall which will benefit all of us, but will especially benefit people on the lowest incomes who spend a higher proportion of their weekly budget on the necessities like food.”

Brexit negotiations will resume soon to tackle trade talks. Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to take the UK out of the customs union. 

Mrs May’s promise sparked a stern warning from EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier who claimed customs checks in Ireland will be unavoidable if the UK left the customs union. 

Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer predicted that a bilateral trade deal between the UK and his nation could bring huge benefits for both countries including slashing the cost of food, clothing and other consumer goods.

But he warned that such an agreement is only possible if Theresa May’s Government regains full control of trade policy through a clean break with Brussels.

He said: “We want to build back our trade with the UK. 

“We could build substantially more trade if we were able to negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK.”

Mr Downer said Australia’s 26 consecutive years of economic growth showed that reducing and removing tariffs on trade had a “substantial and very positive” impact.

He said: “From Australia’s point of view here’s what we would like to see coming out of the Brexit debate.

“Number one, we naturally don’t want to see the EU and the UK introduce a whole lot of tariff barriers between them.

“There are none at the moment – we don’t want to see that introduced.”

Daily Express

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