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No 10 plays down reports of cabinet rift over post-Brexit Australia trade deal

Downing Street hints at support for plan to slash import tariffs despite concerns over impact on British farming

Downing Street has played down reports of a cabinet rift over the UK’s future trading relationship with Australia, as trade secretary Liz Truss pushes to secure a deal before the G7 summit next month.

Truss is keen to throw open the UK market to Australian farmers, by slashing import tariffs on goods such as beef, lamb and sugar; while some of her cabinet colleagues, including Michael Gove, are anxious about the potential impact on British farmers.

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