Blog: Brexit trade deal with Australia to be DONE before Christmas – Britain set for major win – Daily Express

Addressing the International Trade Committee on Wednesday, the former Australian Prime Minister said both sides of the negotiations are “eager” to sign a deal before Christmas. A trade agreement that, he claims, will see no tariffs, no quotas and “as free as possible movement of people” between the two Commonwealth nations post-. He said: “Our job is to try to get the best possible deals as quickly as we can with Australia, Canada and the United States.

“I know that on both sides there is an eagerness to try and get the Australian deal done before Christmas.

“And I hope that in the next negotiating sessions both sides are prepared to put all their cards on the table so that the best possible deal can be hammered out.

“Ideally, a deal between Britain and Australia would involve no tariffs, no quotas, as full as possible mutual recognition of standards and qualifications and as free as possible movement of people for well-paid work.

“That’s got to be the objective in any negotiations between two like-minded countries on standards of living.

“And currently, given the history between Britain and Australia and the complementarity of their economies, a deal of such ready economic integration should be more possible with us than almost anyone else.”

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Mr Abbott’s optimistic comments come only a few days after Britain successfully signed fisheries deals with European nordic countries.

Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iceland on Monday, which will increase cooperation on matters relating to Fisheries.

The new agreement is the fourth such agreement with Nordic nations and follows Greenland, Norway and Faroe Islands.

Number 10 says the agreement will establish a UK-Iceland Fisheries Dialogue, where both countries can share best practice and cooperate.

In the agreement, which comes into effect on January 1st, the UK and Iceland also recognised the need to promote responsible fisheries to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of marine resources.

Iceland initially expressed a desire for EU membership in 2009 but its foreign minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, said the centre-right government had the European Commission of its decision to drop the application.

In March 2015, Iceland announced it was dropping its bid to join the EU in line with pledges made two years prior by its then-new eurosceptic government.

Victoria Prentis MP, Fisheries Minister, said: “This agreement demonstrates the strong relationship between our two nations on matters including trade and fisheries.

“I would like to thank our Icelandic counterparts for the constructive approach they have adopted throughout these negotiations.

“We have already seen the potential of working together given the number of shared issues and objectives our countries have on fishery management, and we look forward to continuing this constructive dialogue.”

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Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Fisheries Minister for Iceland, added: “With this Memorandum of Understanding we are ensuring that Britain’s exit from the European Union results in enhancing further the good cooperation Iceland has had with the United Kingdom.

“I am pleased to note that there is clear mutual interest in the two countries to have close coordination and cooperation regarding fisheries.

“There is great friendship among our nations and we have had close relations for centuries.

“From the Icelandic side, Britain is an important market for many Icelandic companies and the British government is an important partner for us in many international organisations.”

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