Agriculture has been essentially excluded from previous agreements, as it has been granted special status in the areas of import quotas and export subsidies, with slight reserves. However, at the time of the Uruguay Round, many countries considered the agricultural exception so egregious that they refused to sign a new no-move agreement for agricultural products. These fourteen countries were known as the „Cairns Group“ and consisted mainly of small and medium-sized agricultural exporters such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia and New Zealand. The assertion that Article 24 could be used in this way has been criticized as unrealistic by Mark Carney, Liam Fox and others, as point 5c of the contract requires an agreement between the parties so that Article 5b can be useful, since there would be no agreement in the case of a non-agreement scenario. In addition, critics of the GATT 24 approach point out that services would not fall under such regulation.   Since then, there has been a dispute over whether this symbolic gesture was a victory for it or whether, in the future, it ensured its exclusion from meaningful participation in the multilateral trading system. On the other hand, there is no doubt that the three-year extension of the international cotton textile trade agreement, which has become a multi-net agreement, has had the effect of hampering developing countries` export opportunities in the longer term. The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was the first multilateral free trade agreement. It first came into force in 1948 as an agreement between 23 countries and remained in force until 1995, when it joined 128 countries. It has been replaced by the World Trade Organization. In addition to facilitating applied tariff reductions, GATT`s contribution to trade liberalization includes „the commitment of extended-term tariff reductions (which became more sustainable in 1955), the definition of universality of non-discrimination through the treatment of the most favoured nation (MFN) and the status of domestic treatment, ensuring greater transparency in trade policies and creating a forum for negotiations and the peaceful settlement of bilateral disputes.