"pensive hamster" <***@hotmail.co.uk> wrote in message
On Sunday, 8 July 2018 17:23:13 UTC+1, Norman Wells wrote:
> On 08/07/2018 16:03, R. Mark Clayton wrote:
> > On Sunday, 8 July 2018 12:29:49 UTC+1, BurfordTJustice wrote:
> >> How about just buy British?
> > In the case of lamb, Welsh spring lamb is way too fatty, rather bland
> > meat and ridiculously over-priced. New Zealand lamb by contrast is
> > lean, flavoursome and even after tariffs much more affordable. You can
> > of course buy grass fed English lamb, e.g. Herdwick, but the price will
> > make you weep.
> So, when we are allowed to import it tariff free, New Zealand lamb will
> be even cheaper and better value.
As far as I can work out, New Zealand lamb is already largely
or entirely tariff free:
25 June 2016
'... New Zealand has a quota of 280,000 tonnes of sheep meat
access to the EU which comes tariff free - with half of that being
taken into the UK.
17 July 2013
'While the UK is technically self sufficient in sheep meat, we
continue to import large quantities, primarily from New Zealand.
'In 2012, for example, the UK imported 86,100 tonnes product
weight of sheep meat, 73 per cent of which came from New
Zealand. During the same period the UK exported 94,700 tonnes.
'A question we're often asked though is, 'if we're self sufficient,
why does the UK import so much sheep meat?' The reasons
are numerous and complex but can broadly split into four areas
- historic, market, seasonal and economic. ...'
So it looks as though our lamb imports may be within the
tariff free quota, going by the above figures (with the proviso
that the two reports are 3 years apart).
Unless most of the "sheep meat" imported is elderly mutton
for dog food, but it doesn't seem to make much sense for
NZ farmers to do that, if they could get more for their lamb.
> Another good reason to leave the EU then. Thanks for that!