Tony Abbott, Former Australian Prime Minister, now possible joint President of Britains Board of Trade, states the UK and Australia are hoping to have a complete trade deal ready to implement by the end of 2020. This comes as we leave the EU’s transition period where we are set to regain our laws, money, waters, sovereignty and democracy.
When the former Australian PM was asked about the timeline of the agreement with Australia at the Policy exchange, Tony said: “Obviously, as Prime Minister, you are not dealing with the minutiae of trade deals, you’re dealing with the very highest of levels, and you are a) reassuring the heads of other governments that you would like to bring about a deal that is a win-win situation as quickly as possible.
“And you’re encouraging senior officials not to be held up by things that are not important, and not to be distracted by things that are not really issues of trade but might be issues, for argument’s sake, of the environment.
“Talks between Australia and Britain have been going on now virtually since the Brexit vote. Obviously, they’ve intensified as times have gone by.
“I know because of statements that have been made on both sides that there’s an eagerness to get this deal done well before the end of the year.
“I would certainly like to hope, as of January 1 next year, a trade deal between the UK and Australia on goods is entirely free of quotas and tariffs.
“That there is full, neutral recognition of standards and qualifications, and that there is, to a very great extend possibly subject to a generous quota, free movement of people for work not welfare.”
With his possible new position as joint President of Britain’s board of trade, Tony Abbott has been a massive outspoken supporter of Brexit saying: “This nation did not need Europe – it saved Europe.” “That is what is crying out now for remembrance, amidst all of the declinism and defeatism – because if Brexit fails, Britain fails.”
“Get this done. Get. This. Done. That is what Britain has to do today.”
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