As Great Britain disconnects from Europe it turns back to the Commonwealth

New Zealand, 2006


New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay … has been at the first Commonwealth Trade Ministers meeting in London, where he had a bilateral meeting with British Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox and Minister for Trade Policy Lord Price.

Mr McClay has released a video in the wake of the meeting and tweeted “pleased to confirm with @LiamFoxMP NZ along with Australia will be first counties to get FTA with UK following Brexit”.

He says in the video that Dr Fox has confirmed for the first time that New Zealand will be first cab off the rank along with Australia for free trade agreements the UK does when it leaves the EU.

New Zealand will have the opportunity to negotiate a high quality and comprehensive agreement that will secure ongoing access for Kiwi exporters to the important UK market, Mr McClay says.

“There’s still a lot more to do but our relationship with the UK is going from strength to strength,” he says.

A joint statement after the meeting said the politicians reaffirmed their commitment to global trade liberalisation, and to lay the foundations for the future trade relationship between the UK and New Zealand.

Dr Fox confirmed his intention to visit New Zealand in the coming months.

“During that visit we will hold a joint public event to highlight the importance and benefits of open markets to our citizens at a time when the global economy is facing a period of uncertainty,” Mr McClay says.

Good to talk, and it will be great to get better access to the UK again.   But the litmus test will be our butter and our lamb.  One suspects that the free trade won’t be free.

Perhaps the EU experience has forced UK farmers into a different mindset.   It will be interesting to see.


– NZN via Yahoo! News


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