Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, Liz Truss, has announced that the UK and Australia could agree to permit free movement between each other’s countries after Brexit.
Mary Elizabeth Truss, known as Liz Truss, while on a visit to Australia, announced that free movement between the UK and Australia is expected to be explored by the government in “post-Brexit” business talks.
In Canberra, after having a meeting with the prime minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, and Australian trade minister, Simon Birmingham, she told journalists that a successful trade deal was a top priority after Britain left the EU. The UK and Australia had a special link, She added.
She explained, “We’ve been clear on the fact we want to adopt the Australian-based points system in terms of our new immigration system as we leave the European Union. We’ve recently made an announcement that we’re extending the work period after foreign students come to the UK for two years.”
“But of course, our two countries have a special link and a historic relationship, and it’s certainly something that we will be looking at as part of our free-trade negotiations.”
She further said Britain wants a totally comprehensive trade arrangement that reflects deep, ongoing relationship between two nations.
Explaining the truth, Truss said that the people of both countries want to come and work in each other’s countries.
“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”, Truss said.
The UK is Australia’s 7th biggest two-way trading partner, worth $26.6bn (£14.60bn).