Sue Davies, Head of Consumer Protection and Food Policy at Which?, said:
“The Australia trade deal will set an important precedent for future negotiations and the government must show that it will deliver on the key issues consumers care about.
“The removal of tariffs is welcome if this feeds through to lower prices, but this must not come at the cost of the standards consumers expect. Our research shows that people want trade deals that prioritise high food, product, data protection and environmental standards and deliver for consumers in all parts of the UK. The government needs to demonstrate how trade deals will address these issues in the short and longer-term.
“The success of future agreements will be judged on what they deliver for ordinary people in their everyday lives, not just the export opportunities they provide. The government must use this trade deal to strengthen consumers’ rights and protections when buying goods and services from Australia.”