The government has made it clear that the National Health Service (NHS) will not be on the table when we negotiate trade agreements. The price paid by the NHS for drugs will not be on the table. The services offered by the NHS will not be on the table. The NHS is never and will never be sold to the private sector, either abroad or domestic. The above approach is not an assessment of the specific provisions of an agreement, as they are not yet known. Therefore, the results should be interpreted to mean that they provide an indicative area of expected effects, depending on the depth of a free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia. [Footnote 76] Throughout the agreement, ensure high standards and protection for BRITISH consumers and workers and build on our existing international obligations. Nor does it involve compromising on our high standards of environmental protection, animal welfare and food safety. Uncertainty about the inputs and assumptions used in the development of the basic scenarios is mainly due to the fact that the content of the agreement is unknown. This means that the effect of the negotiated agreement may be outside the scope of impact estimates if it is much lower or more limited than the lead line scenarios. [Note 144] Modern and dynamic economies are constantly changing in response to global developments.
The result is an ongoing process of transition of workers and jobs into the labour market. Lower trade barriers and increased import competition could accelerate this ongoing process. The Northern Ireland Civil Service has published technical data on Australia and trade and has reviewed this data with DIT officials. We thank them for this information. The evaluation does not take into account potential efficiency gains or the possible introduction of new production technologies and techniques resulting from the agreement (which would alter the CO2 intensity of production within sectors). Nor does it take into account the effects of specific environmental provisions of the agreement, nor the cases where the increase in domestic production in the United Kingdom or Australia supersedes production in third countries (where emissions could be higher or lower) due to trade reorientation effects. Helping UK SMEs exploit the opportunities offered by trade between the UK and Australia: aid for trade serves as a safety net to protect BRITISH businesses from damage caused by unfair trade practices such as dumping and subsidies, or by an unforeseen increase in imports. The United Kingdom has developed a new framework of trade measures that will help create fair competition for British industry to compete with foreign producers who profit from unfair practices.