I’m thrilled to welcome Australia, the UK secretary of state for international trade, Liz Truss. Australia and the UK are the obviously the deepest of relationships, the deepest of family connections, the deepest of friends. And Australia seeks to ensure as the UK pursues its agenda of exiting the European Union that we have the richest deepest economic ties possible for the future. What we share, is I think, a strong and positive ambition to make sure that the UK-Australia relationship is as rich and deep as it possibly can be into the future. We understand the complementarities of our economies, the opportunities for enhanced, export, trade and investment growth into the future and we are firmly committed to realise that.Simon Birmingham (Australian Trade Minister)
Yeah we do have a massively exciting opportunity. The UK will be leaving the European Union on the 31st of October, Deal or No Deal and that will give us the opportunity to strike new trade deals with the rest of the world and this is the first time in 45 years that the UK has its own independent trade policy. And Australia, is one of the first countries that we consulted on in terms of doing a trade deal and its one of our absolute priorities. We are old friends, of course as nations we share a proud democratic history, we are both free trading nations, we both believe in free enterprise but I think there is an incredible set of new opportunities that we have as nations together, whether its in areas like financial services, technology, where we can do much more close work together or indeed other areas, I noticed that one of our top exports to you is spirits and your top export to us is wine, so there is more to be done in terms of lowering tariffs in those areas as well but what I have said to minister Birmingham is we want a fully comprehensive trade deal, that reflects our deep ongoing relationship, befriendship between our two countries and the fact that Australians want to come, live and work in Britain and Brits want to come and work in Australia and leaving the European Union really does give us a chance as a country to become more outward looking, to become more competitive and to deepen our links with our partners right across the world and the reason that I’ve chosen to make Australia one of the first countries I’ve visited as trade secretary is this is an absolutely priority for me to get on with this trade deal.Liz Truss (Trade Secretary of the UK)
In response to developments going on between Australia and the United Kingdom, Simon Bridges Leader of New Zealand’s Opposition Party has stated:
We support a free movement deal, the Government should be doing everything it can to ensure Kiwis can travel more freely, especially to the United Kingdom.
But we have seen no evidence the Government is taking this seriously.
The UK International Trade Secretary was recently in Australia and announced both countries were exploring a deal, but this hasn’t happened with New Zealand.
The Government needs to get this on the agenda as soon as possible, otherwise we will be left behind Australia.Simon Bridges (New Zealand Opposition National Party Leader)
We see a free trade agreement with the UK as a platform for free movement.
Negotiations with Canada will likely take place on the 21st of October 2019 with the Canadian Conservative Party having a CANZUK Treaty as a Flagship “Game-Changing” Policy:
Foreign Affairs – C – 9 – 1349
EDA(s) – Vancouver Centre, Durham
Section – U – CANZUK Treaty. CANZUK Treaty Implementation (NEW)
Subject to thorough security & health checks, CPC will work to realize these objectives among CANZUK
a) Free trade in goods/services
b) Visa-free labour/leisure mobility for citizens, including retirement relocation
c) Reciprocal healthcare agreement modeled on existing AU / NZ / UK bilaterals
d) Increased consumer choice/protection for travel
e) Security coordinationCPC 2018 Convention
The following has been reported on the mainstream media:
As a hats off to the popularity of our CANZUK campaign she has also retweeted CANZUK News.
Looks like we are getting closer to achieving our main objectives.