Key 2 days ago: Brexit bad for NZ. Key now: Brexit makes no difference

John Key is losing the plot. He’s all over the place on Brexit like a mad woman’s poo.

Two days ago John Key and Murray McCully told the NZ Herald that Brexit would be bad for New Zealand:

Mr Key, who has said he would prefer it if the UK stayed in the EU, said New Zealand officials were reviewing what could happen in the event the Brexit camp wins.

“There is a two-year period if they do vote to leave where they are still part of the union…so we’d have a couple of years to work on that.

“Superficially it would affect things like, for instance, the free trade agreement we are negotiating with the EU, we would obviously work on the migration issues and how those rules might work.”

Last week Foreign Minister Murray McCully said New Zealand has worked on shoring up its relations with other European countries which will limit any ramifications for New Zealand if the United Kingdom votes leave.

Mr McCully said the impact of a Brexit result on New Zealand would be “changes in degree only”.

“If the UK were to leave the EU, it would mean an increasing reliance by us on other relationships in Europe that we have regarded as increasingly important anyway.

“It obviously is easier if the UK is in, because we’ve got a large traditional friend that remains a member.

“But we’ve been working on the assumption for quite some time that we can’t be complacent about the European relationship.”

Yesterday he changed his tune. Now Brexit won’t have much impact at all on New Zealand, he told Newshub.

Prime Minister John Key has responded to the decision Britain has made to leave the European Union.

Mr Key says the decision was always for voters in the UK to make and New Zealand respects their choice.

“We will continue to have a strong relationship with both the EU and the UK, and to further develop our ties with both. In this respect, nothing has changed,” says Mr Key.

“The UK remains a member of the EU for the moment and it will take some time to work through the implications of their decision to leave.”

The result will have no real effect on New Zealand’s international trade agreements — for the moment, at least.

“In terms of our existing trade arrangements, the immediate effects of the leave vote on New Zealand are likely to be limited and we expect that trade and other business activities will continue smoothly in the interim,” Mr Key says.

“We remain committed to the launch of formal negotiations on an EU FTA, and will be working with the UK as they go through the process of leaving the EU to put in place new trading arrangements.”

Right now only Winston Peters has called things right on Brexit.

 

-NZ Herald, Newshub


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