Adam Smith Inst - Aussies & Brits tell Govts: Get trade deal done
A new poll from the free market think tank the Adam Smith Institute (ASI) and research and strategy firm at C|T Group RSR has found Brits and Australians want to expand trade and secure a comprehensive deal.
- 65% of Brits support a free trade deal with Australia, 5% are opposed; there is majority support across all key demographic groups across the United Kingdom, and across the political spectrum.
- 69% of Aussies support a free trade deal, 3% are opposed
Leading pollster and Head of Research at C|T Group RSR, Dr Michael Turner, found that Australia is the foremost priority to expand trade among Brits. This comes from a strong belief in Australia’s high standards, that a deal will benefit both sides as well as the close family and friendship connections between Brits and Aussies.
- Two-thirds of Brits (66%) believe Australia has high standards of food safety and animal welfare, just 6% of people believe Australia has low standards
- Australia is the top priority for more trade for Brits, with two-thirds (66%) of Brits saying the UK should trade more with Australia; followed by Canada (63%), New Zealand (61%), the United States (48%) and Japan (42%)
- 72% of Aussies want Australia to be trading more with the UK
- 74% of Brits believe both countries will benefit from a free trade deal
- 73% of Aussies believe that both sides will benefit
Brits back a tariff-free deal that allows consumers to access a wider range of goods, recognises nursing qualifications without retraining and allows more people to live and work across countries. Brits want to see more jobs created, British businesses become more internationally competitive, and reduce barriers to investment.
- 91% of Brits would feel comfortable being treated by an Australian nurse, 73% believe that nurse should not have to requalify before practicing in the UK
- 62% of Brits believe it should be easier to move between countries, 8% think it shouldn't be easier
There is also substantial interest among Brits in consuming more Australian goods, and among Aussies in consuming more British goods.
- A majority of Brits say they would buy more Australian wine (57%), beef (52%) and lamb (50%) if it were stocked more frequently. There is also interest in purchasing Anzac biscuits (33%), Tim Tams (28%), Kangaroo meat (23%), vegemite (23%) and lamingtons (20%).
- Australians are interested in purchasing more British goods if they were stocked more frequently and cheaply, including shortbread (59%), British cheese (53%), jam and marmalade (51%), Cornish pasty (47%), Scottish whisky (45%), Yorkshire tea (41%), gin (36%), Marmite (25%) and Irn Bru (22%).
- 68% of Aussies would consider purchasing a British-manufactured car
MYTHBUSTING: The efforts of a vocal pressure group to scupper the deal to protect British farmers has not resonated with the public. The British people back British farmers to compete globally. If the deal does go ahead, Brits want a short transition period and do not consider protecting farmers to be a reason worth blocking the deal.
- 63% would support a trade deal with Australia even if it means that increased competition would reduce profits for British farmers and some might go out of business; just 20% would prefer to block a deal to prevent British farmers having more competition
- 64% believe British farmers should compete on an equal basis with foreign imports of the same standards; 52% believe they should not be denied access to Australian farming goods produced at a lower price
- 68% of people think that the transition period on beef and lamb should be 2 years or less
If push came to shove, most Brits say that they would prefer to trade with Australia over the European Union, and more than four-fifths of voters feel that trade with Australia should be at least as easy as it is with the EU.
- 84% believe Australia should be able to trade with the UK more easily, or just as easily, than the EU
- 52% would opt for Australian beef as an alternative to British beef, just 24% would opt for EU beef
Australians prioritise diversifying trade away from China, and a clear majority say that Australia should increase links with like-minded countries like the UK.
- 54% of Australians would prioritize expanding trade with UK, compared to 4% that want to prioritise China and 31% who say both
- 77% of Aussies believe it is essential that Australia trades more freely with its closest allies
Michael Turner, report co-author, Head of Research (Director) at C|T Group RSR and a Fellow of the ASI, said:
“This research not only shows that Brits believe in the core benefits of free trade. From Tim Tams to Cornish pasties, Aussie beef to British cheese, the results show consumers in both countries have a healthy and reciprocal appetite to consume goods made in each other's countries.
“Contrary to the popular narrative of the inward-looking and protectionist Brexit voter, this research shows that the overwhelming majority of those who voted to Leave the EU in 2016, are in fact supportive of a more outwardly-focused and freely trading Britain post-Brexit.
“Four in five Brits agree that a successful domestic industry requires more global trade, not less. This UK-Australia trade deal should be, as the Aussies say: ‘no wuckas mate.’”
Matthew Lesh, report co-author and Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute, said:
“The Australia-United Kingdom trade deal isn’t some distant elite project. It is deeply supported by Brits and Aussies.
“The British public have little interest in the pronouncements of self-interested lobbyists that want to restrict them from accessing Aussie produce. From Australian wine, beef and Tim Tams to Scottish whisky and UK cars, we want to eat and drink each other’s finest products. We want the ability to live and work in each other’s countries and to recognise our qualifications as equivalent.
“In an increasingly complex world, there’s a need for good mates not only to stick together but to become even closer. That’s what Australians and Brits want.
Notes to editors:
For further comments or to arrange an interview, contact Matt Kilcoyne: firstname.lastname@example.org | 07904 099599.
The report ‘Ever closer mates: The deep support for an UK-Australia trade deal’ is available here.
Dr Michael Turner is Head of Research (Director) at at C|T Group RSR and a Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute. Matthew Lesh is the Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute and an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs (Australia)
The Adam Smith Institute is a free market, neoliberal think tank based in London. It advocates classically liberal public policies to create a richer, freer world.
Latest News from
IFS - Response to latest ONS public sector finances data22/06/2021 10:35:00
Isabel Stockton, Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies responded to the latest ONS public sector finances data
IPPR - Make Aberdeenshire a European renewable energy centre of excellence, urges locals in climate citizens’ jury22/06/2021 09:35:00
Aberdeenshire residents, from city and shire, want to use existing skills and natural assets to turn ‘the oil capital of Europe’ into a green energy and manufacturing hub
IFS - End of furlough likely to be particularly tough for older workers17/06/2021 11:35:00
While a lot of the focus on the employment effects of the pandemic has, rightly, been on the young, employees over the age of 65 were 40% more likely to be furloughed in late April than those in their 40s (14% versus 10%).
“The Bank of England should end its asset purchases now”: IEA expert comments on ONS inflation figures17/06/2021 10:35:00
Julian Jessop, Economics Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, responded to consumer price inflation figures published by the Office for National Statistics, which show inflation has jumped to 2.1 per cent
IFG - Covid-hit public services could be further disrupted by government targets17/06/2021 09:35:00
Government targets in public services may do more harm than good, warns a new paper from the Institute for Government.
Delay to roadmap could lead to “a further rash of business closures”: IEA expert comments on ONS labour market figures15/06/2021 13:30:00
Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, commented on the labour market figures from the Office of National Statistics showing the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.7 per cent
“Chancellor right to reject calls for furlough extension”, says IEA expert15/06/2021 12:30:00
Julian Jessop, Economics Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, commented on calls to extend the furlough scheme
Civitas - Study finds over 80% CofE dioceses appoint clergy who advocate racial justice activist claims & over 70% promoting climate activism – marking Church’s ‘separation of the head from the body’10/06/2021 11:35:00
In a new report, researchers have set out to investigate the scale of support for ultra-progressive radical activist agendas alleging ‘systemic racism’ in English society, the understanding and use of ‘unconscious biases’ and prescribing a ‘climate emergency’ doctrine within the Church of England.