Scottish first minister says lockdown end could be delayed by three weeks
In its press release about the free trade deal with Australia, the UK government revealed almost nothing about how tariffs will be phased out for agricultural imports, beyond saying “British farmers will be protected by a cap on tariff-free imports for 15 years, using tariff rate quotas and other safeguards.”
But in its own news release about the deal, the Australian government gives full detail about the tariff-rate quotas that will protect British beef and sheep farmers. It says:
Beef tariffs will be eliminated after ten years. During the transition period, Australia will have immediate access to a duty-free quota of 35,000 tonnes, rising in equal instalments to 110,000 tonnes in year 10.
In the subsequent five years a safeguard will apply on beef imports exceeding a further volume threshold rising in equal instalments to 175,000 tonnes, levying a tariff safeguard duty of 20 per cent for the rest of the calendar year.
Thirty million Britons have now had a second dose of vaccine, Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has announced.
The latest figures show that 41,830,546 across the UK have now been vaccinated with a first dose (79.4% of adults), while 30,204,738 people have had both doses (57.3%).
30 million second doses have now been administered across the UK
Second doses are incredibly important to get full protection.
The vaccine is our route out of this pandemic, so when it’s your turn, come forward & get both jabs. pic.twitter.com/URcAJEkTDM