UK Economics

Britain’s Brexit trade BOOM: USA to import UK beef and lamb for first time in 20 years

BRITISH beef and lamb will be back on the menu in the US for the first time in 20 years after striking a deal with the UK in its first major foreign trade deal since the Brexit vote.

Cow and US flag GETTY  Red meats are back on the menu after a 20 year ban has been lifted in America

Two decades after the US banned red meats after the UK’s “mad cow disease” scandal, it will start to import them again.The British Government is due to reveal a draft agreement has been signed and red meats will export to by January next year.

According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, the decision will boost the economy by £35million a year.

Red meatGETTY  America banned red meats from the UK in 1996

Speaking at an event tomorrow, Farming Minister George Eustice is due to say: “The US decision to press ahead with proposals to lift export restrictions on British lamb is great news for our farmers who are one step closer to gaining access to the lucrative American market, worth an estimated £35million a year.”Our world-leading food and drink industry is a key part of our nation’s economic success and in addition to forging good trade deals with our European neighbours, we want to secure more export opportunities in the States as well as with our close friends in the Commonwealth and other countries around the world.”

George EusticeGETTY  The UK’s Farming Minister George Eustice has said that the lift of the ban is great news for the UK

Phil Stocker, chief executive of the NSA, said: “It is very encouraging that the USA is interested in opening its doors. Lamb sales in the USA have dropped over the years, as a result of a falling domestic production base, and we would like to see British lamb exported and promoted to boost consumption.”Mad Cow Disease is a fatal disease in cattle causing a degeneration of the brain and spinal cord.

cowsGETTY  Thousands of animals have been killed in the UK to stop the outbreak of the disease

The crisis of the disease in Britain led to the European Union (EU) banning exports of British beef from March 1996, the ban was lifted in 2006.Since 1984, millions of animals have been killed in the UK in an attempt to control the disease.

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