Brexit: Australia to team with NZ to negotiate new trade, immigration deals

Posted: June 27, 2016 by oldbrew in EU Referendum, government, Politics
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Needless to say the Brexit vote in the UK has not passed unnoticed in political circles ‘down under’, as ABC News Australia reports. New opportunities beckon.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced Australia will team up with New Zealand in a bid to negotiate new trade and immigration deals in the wake of the Brexit vote in the UK.

He has also ordered an urgent review from Treasury officials and diplomats over the implications of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Mr Turnbull told reporters in Adelaide on Monday he had been in contact with his New Zealand counterpart John Key, warning the implications of Friday’s historic vote were “considerable”. “We have many, many common interests in terms of dealing with that, both from a trade point of view, from a movement of persons point of view,” he said.

“There are some big issues in terms of the access of Australians and New Zealanders to Europe and indeed to the United Kingdom.”

Mr Turnbull said he wanted to establish a “collaborative, cooperative framework” with New Zealand if he was returned as prime minister.

He warned there were “opportunities and challenges” arising from the United Kingdom’s decision and he had ordered a “comprehensive report” on its likely consequences.

“We are keeping a very, very close eye on it,” Mr Turnbull said.

Key points:
— Malcolm Turnbull has spoken with NZ PM about Brexit
— Treasury, diplomats to provide report on Brexit implications
— John Howard says Brexit shows need for strong border control

Full report: Brexit: Australia to team with NZ to negotiate new trade, immigration deals, Malcolm Turnbull says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘The incontrovertible reality, overshadowing everything else, is that the transnational and largely trade-focused organisation the people of United Kingdom voted to join back in the early 1970s, the European Economic Community (EEC), bears only a passing resemblance to the supranational behemoth that is the European Union. The EU powers-that-be have overreached and, unless they change their ways, June 23 will not be their only day of reckoning.’

  2. thefordprefect says:

    As you seem to be in the know:

    Can you please explain what Farage or any of the exit campaigns leaders policies are for an ordered exit.
    What laws will be repealed
    What Laws will be created
    How will the migrant/immigrant numbers be handled

    How much of the payment to the EU will be paid to the NHS weekly

    It looks like the Independent has unearthed a video of Nigel Farage on television before the vote, and – strange thing – he tells Hilary Benn that the money currently being sent to Europe should be spent on, er, “schools, hospitals and the NHS”.

    Will the farmers and impoverished areas of UK still get the equivalence of their EU handouts?

    Farmers in Northern Ireland have been told not to panic as they wonder how to replace the current £260m they receive in subsidies from Brussels

    These are some of the projects that were approved between 2007 and 2013:
    • Swansea University’s new Bay Campus (£40 million)
    • The dualling of the Heads of the Valleys road (£79 million)
    • Town centre improvements in areas including Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd and Llanelli (£80 million)

    The current batch of approved projects (for the period 2014-2020) runs to 60 pages . It includes money for these things:
    • A centre for high-end research in Swansea University (£31.1 million)
    • Cardiff University Brain Research and Imaging Centre (£16.2 million)

    According to the Welsh Government , since 2007 EU projects have achieved the following:
    •Supported 229,110 people to gain qualifications
    •Helped 72,700 people into work
    •Created 36,970 (gross) jobs and 11,925 enterprises

    There are also things like the Common Agricultural Policy, which provides around £200 million a year in single farm payments to more than 16,000 farms in Wales.

  3. Scute says:

    I should think Brussels has been likened to the Ancien Régime plenty of times in the past but I think we should make that analogy more often. There are so many parallels, right down to having to up sticks and move court to Frankfurt on a regular basis (read, aristocracy forced to move to Versailles). Then there are the obvious parallels of being aloof, arrogant and out of touch with the Third Estate. Also their bunker mentality in the face of their imminent demise. The upshot can be summed up in a few words: decadence leading to downfall.

    I wonder how many EU directives there are on cake?

  4. Tenuc says:

    This just appeared in the Express… European SUPERSTATE to be unveiled: EU nations ‘to be morphed into one’ post-Brexit

    One last try to go for broke, before the whole EU house of cards collapses. Soros already saying the game is up for EU as it is likely to quickly go bust without the UK financial donation – we were the second largest net-contributer.

  5. dp says:

    Something I find revealing in the post-Brexit period is the wrath and petty vindictiveness coming out of the Continent. It tells me this has been seathing within the disunion of Continental fiefdoms for a long time. The pettiness of it is revealed in the order of release – predictably, English will no longer be the language of the new order of fiefs. Never mind the global usage will not be affected, and it will remain the standard for air traffic control, and much money has been spent on the Continent establishing English as a standard and more money will have to be re-spent cramming a new language standard into law. Good luck agreeing on what that might be. And isn’t that arrogance what brought on Brexit? And then there are all manner of threats against travel, exchange rates, blah blah blah. I suppose Norway and Switzerland will face similar prepubescent threats, too. You know what sticklers for uniformity the EU can be.

    This response should prove to those teetering on the need for their own referendums what petty arseholes they’re dealing with and it should not be long before the Baltic states and Greece are the only member states in good standing in the political entity the EU became.

    I imagine the new name for the Superstate will sound a lot like Germany.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Scute says: ‘I wonder how many EU directives there are on cake?’

    There was a big legal case about whether Jaffa cakes should be classed as cakes or biscuits for the purpose of VAT (= EU service/sales tax).

    ‘In the United Kingdom, value added tax is payable on chocolate-covered biscuits, but not on chocolate-covered cakes.’

    Presumably VAT fades away after Britain leaves the EU. Or maybe not – who knows?

  7. Graeme No.3 says:

    Debt land, Debt land Uber Alles?

  8. oldbrew says:

    The European Central Bank is already imposing negative interest rates and indulging in ‘Quantitative Easing’ aka creating funny money out of thin air [re QE: as is the Bank of England but that’s one country only].

  9. scute1133 says:


    Ah yes, I remember the Jaffa Cake question, now you mention it.

    I googled “EU Directive cake” and there was an article about the EU banning the eating of cakes entered in competitions at village fetes etc. But it was short and even shorter on sources.

    I’d love to find a metaphorical portent for their demise. Perhaps a directive on cocoa as a very oblique reference to A Tale of Two Cities chapter 7, Monseigneur in Town. Dickens is ever so dry but that one chapter is hilarious in its sending up of the aristocracy. Monseigneur represents the ludicrous heights (or depths) of decadence. You only have to replace him and his sycophants with Juncker plus incompetent commissioners and various fawning PMs arriving to importune him on some issue of no import.

  10. oldbrew says:

    TFP: ‘There are also things like the Common Agricultural Policy, which provides around £200 million a year in single farm payments to more than 16,000 farms in Wales.’

    1) Wales voted to leave the EU.
    2) Britain pays into the CAP — a lot more than it gets back.

    ‘In 2015 the UK government paid £13 billion to the EU budget, and EU spending on the UK was £4.5 billion. So the UK’s ‘net contribution’ was estimated at about £8.5 billion.’

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the U.S.A. ( if you will have us… we were a bit pissy back in 1776, but that was about a tax on tea, and not like an EU ban on kettles, well, not too much.. but we’re over it now, I think…) can make an extraordinary free trade zone. Just saying…

    If you will leave the tea and kettles alone, I’m sure everything else will work out…

  12. p.g.sharrow says:

    The Anglo-American Empire is the next step. We all speak the same language,well sort of ;-). Have the same basic belief in fair play. Even more important we control most of the commerce and finance of the world. Others get to play because we let them. The Warlords of the world only succeeded while we let them. Time to band together and establish a PAX for the good of ourselves and the peace loving people of the rest of the world. These power mad, want to be rulers, must be suppressed. It can be done and only the Anglo-Americans have a proven record of being power brokers. Most of the world’s population looks to us to save them from the Power Mad Warlords. The E.U. and the U.N. organizations are just pawns of the few Power Mad that believe in their Right to Rule all of us.

    We don’t need them! The Warlords must be eradicated. Only the Anglo-Americans can do this…pg