Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, has stated that whatever the merits of Brexit, the UK’s departure from the European Union will open up better opportunities for Australia in the United Kingdom than ever before.
In a speech to an Australian Chamber of Commerce function in London, Mr. Turnbull said the UK’s decision to leave the European Union opened up chances for Australia.
“I believe that whatever the merits of Brexit may be in the UK, that’s a domestic debate here, I think it offers greater opportunities for Australia in the UK than ever,” he said on Friday evening local time.
The two Prime Ministers have known each other for over forty years after studying together at Oxford University, and Turnbull stated that under the leadership of May, the United Kingdom would be more global and open to trade.
“I can assure you that we will do everything we can to enable the UK to enter into the most favourable, open, fair and reciprocal trade deal between Australia and the UK”, he said.
“The UK will once again become a nation that looks to the whole world, and not just to Europe”.
The meeting was held in conjunction with each of the CANZUK Prime Ministers meeting in London to discuss cyber security and counter-terrorism practices last week, with individual discussions regarding trade held soon after.
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Australia has continued to demonstrate growing support for CANZUK cooperation, with Trade Minister Steven Ciobo confirming that a trade deal with the United Kingdom will be ready “the day after Brexit”, and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop stating that Australia will seek to establish reciprocal working rights for Australians and Britons as part of a dynamic trade deal.
Last week, polling conducted across the CANZUK countries of over 13,600 people revealed that over 68% of the British public favour reciprocal migration deals between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, with support being over 73% in Australia, 76% in Canada and 82% in New Zealand.
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