Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has headed to Australia to begin a tour of south Pacific nations to open discussion for the UK’s “high-priority” trade deals.While the prospect of a U.S.-UK free trade agreement has been dominating discussion of post-Brexit negotiations, Boris Johnson’s Conservative government has made clear it seeks to build trading relationships around the world, including nations with whom the UK has historic relationships such as former colonies and the Commonwealth. On Thursday, Mr Raab kicked off his four-day south Pacific visit in Australia, meeting with his counterpart in the capital of Canberra, Marise Payne. Both foreign ministers agreed to begin discussions on an FTA as soon as possible. Speaking to press, Mr Raab said: “We’ve recommitted today to launching negotiations on an ambitious free trade agreement between our countries as soon possible.” “Australia would hopefully be part of that first wave of high-priority deals that we’re pursuing,” he added. Miss Paine agreed that the two countries, which both have the Queen as Head of State, could come to an agreement, saying: “We are… at opposite ends of the world, yet we are very ready and able to grab a new era of opportunity for enhanced strategic and economic… Read full this story
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