‘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.