For the most part, agriculture has been excluded from previous agreements, as it has been granted special status in the areas of import quotas and export subsidies, with slight reservations. However, at the time of the Uruguay Round, many countries felt that the exception for agriculture was so blatant that they refused to sign a new agreement without agricultural products without movement. These fourteen countries were known as the „Cairns Group” and consisted mainly of small and medium-medium-largest agricultural exporters such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia and New Zealand. The Uruguay Round of agriculture remains the most important agreement in the history of trade negotiations to liberalize trade in agricultural products. The objective of the agreement was to improve market access for agricultural products, reduce domestic support for agriculture in the form of price-distorting subsidies and quotas, remove export subsidies for agricultural products over time and harmonise sanitary and phytosanitary measures between Member States as much as possible. Most WTO agreements are the result of the Uruguay Round 1986/94 negotiations, which were signed at the Marrakesh Ministerial Meeting in April 1994. There are about sixty agreements and decisions for a global version of 550 pages. Following the UK`s vote to leave the EU, supporters of leaving the EU have proposed that Article 24(5B) of the treaty could be used to maintain a „halt” in trade conditions between the UK and the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal, thus preventing the introduction of tariffs. According to proponents of this approach, it could be used to implement an interim agreement until a final agreement of up to ten years is negotiated.  The Uruguay Round began in 1986. This was the most ambitious round to date, starting in 1986, in which GATT competences were to be extended to important new areas such as services, capital, intellectual property, textiles and agriculture.
123 countries participated in the round. The Uruguay Round was also the first round of multilateral trade negotiations in which developing countries played an active role.  This claim served as the basis for the so-called „Malthouse compromise” between conservative groups on how to replace the Withdrawal Agreement.  However, this plan was rejected by Parliament.  The claim that Article 24 could be used was also echoed by Boris Johnson during his 2019 campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party. The growth of international trade has given rise to a complex and ever-increasing primary law, including international treaties and agreements, domestic legislation and jurisprudence on the settlement of trade disputes. . . .