In this Jan. 18, 2010 photo, steaks and other beef products are displayed for sale at a grocery store in McLean, Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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As Britain's divorce from the European Union begins Wednesday, Australia's meat industry is licking its lips at the prospect of a boost in exports as London scrambles to sign free-trade deals across the globe.Australia and Britain will have to redefine their commercial relationship outside of the EU, with Canberra saying shortly after the Brexit referendum that it wanted a free-trade agreement with London.In the 1950s, between 50 and 80 percent of Australian beef and veal headed to Britain but this dropped off significantly when Britain become joined the EU's forerunner in 1973, it said.However, Australia is also hoping for better access to Britain's former European partners.The huge scandal over tainted meat exports from Brazil -- the main seller of beef to Europe outside European producers -- has come at the right time for Australia.
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