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1/ UK-Australia deal "Agreement in Principle" published today by both Governments.

The SPS section appears to confirm many of @PAN_UK's fears that the deal will weaken UK #pesticide standards.

Here’s how……
2/ It agrees to "recognition of the principle of equivalence" which means achieving the same regulatory objective/level of protection by different means. #Australiatradedeal #Australiadeal
3/ This opens the door for Australia to argue that UK bans and restrictions on Australian food products which don’t meet UK pesticide standards are not safer to consumers but are designed to keep out imported products.
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For the first time the UK government effectively confirms the #AustraliaTradeDeal will have corporate courts (aka ISDS). In answer to a question from @drewhendrySNP, Greg Hands says it’s a live negotiation issue.

@drewhendrySNP Right now, two fossil fuel companies are using corporate courts to sue the Netherlands over the phasing out of coal power…
@drewhendrySNP This is especially offensive with the welcome news yesterday that the national courts in the Netherlands are pushing in the right direction and ruled that Shell needs to cut its emissions

Fossil fuel companies shouldn’t be able to use corporate courts to undermine climate action
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1/ As the #AustraliaTradeDeal row rages, here are some facts and figures on UK vs Australian #pesticide standards which reveal the extent of the threat posed to British farming and human and environmental health
2/ Unlike the UK, Australia still allows food to contain residues of Chlorpyrifos which has been shown to negatively affect the cognitive development of foetuses and young children.
3/ Australian apples can contain up to 100 times the amount of Malathion than UK apples. Malathion is an insecticide with links to cancer. It is a suspected endocrine disruptor capable of interfering with hormone systems which can lead to birth defects and many other problems.
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