“We have been preparing for this case since the UK decided to leave the EU and welcome their agreement to start negotiations,” in Birmingham, said in a statement released on Wednesday.
The UK and Australia are the seventh largest trading partner.Birmingham, said Australia and the UK hope to close the deal “as soon as possible.” He said the two sides wanted “an ambitious and comprehensive agreement that builds on our already important people to connect and creates new opportunities for exporters, and to generate more jobs in our country.”
“As our two countries begin to turn our attention to economic recovery from Covid-19, UK, the Australia FTA will help expand choice and export opportunities and ensure better supply chains to better withstand the coming shocks, ”Birmingham said.
New Zealand Commerce Minister David Parker echoes Birmingham feelings.
“As the UK embarks on the next steps after a brexit, New Zealand is pleased to be among the first countries to negotiate a trade deal with one of our oldest friends,” Parker said.
New Zealand and Britain had “a close relationship, including strong trade and economic ties, common values and traditions and a shared history,” he said.
The UK is New Zealand’s sixth-largest trading partner, trading close to NZ $ 6 billion last year. China, Australia and the EU at the top of New Zealand list.
Parker said negotiations focus on eliminating tariffs, new approaches to non-tariff barriers, customs simplification, regulatory cooperation, digital development, trade and sustainability arrangements – including change climatic.
Birmingham was scheduled to provide more details at an address to Australia’s National Press Club later on Wednesday.
The first round of negotiations between Australia and the UK is scheduled for June 29, but due to Covid-19 restrictions will be kept at bay.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week said he hoped to reach a trade deal with the EU before the end of July, paving the way for bilateral deals with countries such as Australia and New -Zealand. But many obstacles remain, such as the fisheries agreement.
Britain has also outlined its plans for trade with the United States and Japan.