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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. ?? Read more »