Britons and Australians are in line to soon have greater opportunities to live and work in each others’ countries, with trade deal talks between the two nations placing freedom of movement at the fore of negotiations.
A source close to the UK’s International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, has told London based City A.M. newspaper that a UK-Australia trade deal will likely allow young Australians to live in the UK for more than two years, with a similar extension for Britons going to Australia.
The UK and Australian governments have engaged in several rounds of negotiations, with the third round scheduled to begin in November to finalize such ambitions.
The UK Trade Department source said enhanced freedom of movement was a great priority for the Australian government, and with interest from both sides of the table, it is “a likelihood” that it will be included in a future trade deal.
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Negotiations between the two nations have so far been described as successful and productive, and come as former Australian Prime Minster, Tony Abbott, was recently appointed as a key trade adviser to Boris Johnson’s government and Joint-President of the UK Board of Trade with Liz Truss.
A spokesperson for the Australian High Commission in the United Kingdom commented:
“As Prime Minister [Scott] Morrison has said, this will be a deal that means more jobs, more growth, more prosperity in both our countries, and more opportunities for Australian and UK citizens to live and work in each other’s countries, ultimately.”
CANZUK International is delighted with the announcement regarding free movement as part of the upcoming UK-Australia trade agreement, and will continue to advocate for the finalization of free movement negotiations and encourage similar talks with Canada and New Zealand.
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