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UK seeks removal of Scotch whisky tariff in Australia trade deal

FILE PHOTO: British trade minister Liz Truss speaks to Reuters after signing a free trade agreement with Singapore, in Singapore

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is seeking to remove a 5% tariff on exports of Scotch whisky to Australia in an upcoming trade deal, trade minister Liz Truss said on Thursday.

"A UK-Australia trade agreement would be significant for Scotch whisky and the Union," she said in a statement.

"I am fighting hard to get these tariffs cut and secure a deal that benefits producers in Scotland and helps the whole of the UK."

(Reporting by Paul Sandle and William James)

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