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Western Victoria Region needs to be ready to capitalise on trading opportunities when Britain exits the restrictive European Union.

Member for Western Victoria Region, Bev McArthur used an adjournment debate in parliament this week to ask the Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Resources to outline the government’s plan to capitalise on Britain’s exit from the European Union for new export opportunities.

Bev McArthur recently met with The Right Honourable Steve Barclay MP who is the British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

Bev McArthur said “Britain is well-served by Steve’s expertise and highly regarded intellectual and corporate capacity. I wish Steve and Prime Minister Johnson every success as they rightly implement the will of the British people and exit the costly and freedom-stifling EU.”

She said “Western Victoria is an asset-rich region, with many businesses associated with agriculture and tourism who would surely welcome the opportunity to expand their operations into new markets once the 31 October exit deadline passes.”

The United Kingdom is currently the second-largest importer of dairy products worldwide. As a member of the European Union, the EU has enjoyed a monopoly on the supply of dairy into the UK.

Bev McArthur said “As Australia’s dairy industry is predominantly Victorian based, the exit from the European Union should provide our dairy industry with a vital opportunity to begin supplying dairy into the UK.”

“In Western Victoria Region there are around 1300 farms and nearly 400 000 cows which produces 27 per cent of the country’s dairy exports. 6800 people are employed on dairy farms across Western Victoria Region.”

“Britain’s exit from the European Union clearly presents agricultural export opportunities for Victoria, allowing access to a foreign market for many products which had been previously barred.”

“The Minister and government need to be on the front foot and poised to make the most of any trading opportunities Victoria and especially Western Victoria Region, can offer to the UK.”

2 September 2019