Poms talking to their former convict colony about a free trade deal

I’m a bit surprised at this, I thought Todd McClay would have been in first.

Theresa May is to open talks on landmark new free trade deal with Australia, as she declares Britain will lead the world in global commerce outside the European Union.

The Prime Minister will meet her Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, at the G20 summit in China on Monday to shape the broad outline of what would be Britain’s first new trade pact after Brexit.

She is expected to explore further trade opportunities in talks with  Barack Obama and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the two-day gathering of world leaders.

She will also meet China’s President Xi Jinping for the first time, and will attempt to soothe relations with China which were damaged after her decision to pause the Chinese-backed Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project.

On Sunday, Mrs May insisted it was “a golden era for UK-China relations”, reviving the ornate rhetoric that both the British and Chinese governments used during Mr Xi’s state visit to Britain last year.   

Mrs May’s efforts to make Britain a “great trading nation” received a further boost with news that Australia, New Zealand and Canada will lend the government their own expert trade negotiators.

At present, the UK has a desperate shortage of officials who are trained in negotiating trade agreements because all such deals affecting Britain have been drafted centrally in Brussels for decades.

These specialist negotiators will be critical to Britain’s hopes of striking a good exit deal from the EU in Brussels, as well as forging fresh trade pacts with other countries around the world.

Speaking ahead of the summit – her first major appearance on the world stage as Prime Minister – Mrs May declared that the talks with Australia showed Britain was “open for business”.

“As a bold, confident, outward-looking country, we’ll be playing a key role on the world stage,” she said.

“I’ll be talking to other world leaders about the opportunities for trade around the globe that will open up for Britain following Brexit. My ambition for Britain is that we should be a global leader in free trade.”

I would suggest we aren’t that far behind in lining up a deal.

The Poms are going to Brexit, despite attempts to try and hold a second referendum. Theresa May has made it quite clear they are over the Euro-trash.


– The Telegraph

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