Government must answer ‘serious questions’ about economy, says Labor leader


NNew Zealand complained about the lack of progress in trade negotiations with the UK, saying the government was “not up to the task” for the negotiations.Winston Peters, New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister, said he was “very frustrated” at progress on a post-Brexit deal, arguing that long-standing EU membership meant the UK was not not ready to properly engage in negotiations once he is able to reach independent agreements.

‘We’ve had to look overseas for a long time and so we’re perfectly fit about it, in a way that I don’t believe the UK is because UK has been locked in the EU . those years, ”he says.

“They never did a test, so to speak. It’s like entering an Ashes contest when you haven’t played for 30 years – it’s the same in the UK when it comes to that. ”

He suggested that Theresa May’s government had allowed ‘inertia’ to set in while focusing on Brexit.

“Where you have the decision to leave the EU and you don’t have the outgoing party, a prime minister committed to leaving, it is quite predictable that inertia sets in. And that’s what we witnessed on our part of the world until Boris (Johnson) came along. ”

A second round of trade talks with New Zealand is scheduled for October after initial negotiations in July.


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