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>> New figures show Brexit could make or break farmers from some of the world's poorest countries. The Fair Trade Foundation says negotiating new trade deals as the UK leaves the EU, could be hugely beneficial for producers or could mean at least 1 billion pounds in extra taxes and import tariffs for those least able to shoulder the cost.
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>> At the moment, EU measures mean the products that Britain imports from 116 developing countries are exempt from charges and taxes. As our government here in Westminster sets about orchestrating the divorce, the Fair Trade Foundation says the livelihoods of those producing some of our favorite items, like bananas, coffee, and sugar, could be seriously damaged if equivalent rules aren't put in place.
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>> Charles Chavi is a sugar cane farmer in Malawi.>> Last year, we sold 15,800 tons of sugar in the EU market. But, over 90% of that was sold here in the UK. So, we are concerned that should they vote for Brexit, lead to loss of opportunity to trade in the UK, it means our farmers will not be able to provide for their families, and as a result, they'll be pushed back into poverty.
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>> Theresa May has said she wants Britain to become a great global trading nation. Tim Oldread at Fair Trade says the UK has and unprecedented opportunity.>> We have been encouraged that the government has said that they want to see trade working for development. But, as yet, we've not seen any detail.
00:01:35
It would be very easy for government to focus on the trade arrangements with larger countries, understandably so, but let's not forget about the poor countries.>> But Charles, his message to Westminster is clear.>> I simply said, they shouldn't forget us and the whole process, what we want is to keep on selling our sugar