John Baron MP presses Government on Brexit trade negotiations

July 20, 2017

MP says trade talks should not be bogged down

During Foreign & Commonwealth Office questions in the House of Commons this morning, John Baron MP asked the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, about the Brexit trade negotiations.

John asked,

“Does the Foreign Secretary agree that it would be prudent to emulate the Australian Government, which signed free trade deals with China, Japan and South Korean in short order by focusing negotiations on trade rather than getting bogged down in disputes over standards, regulations and legalities?”

The Foreign Secretary replied that he agreed with the question, and that he thought there was no limit to what could be achieved in the negotiations with the appropriate effort.

John said afterwards,

“The Australian Government shows what is possible when trade negotiations are focused exclusively on trade – the deals with South Korea, Japan and China were concluded within six months, eight months and 13 months respectively. This is what we should be aiming for in the forthcoming trade talks with the EU, and I remain confident we will strike a good deal – not least because of our large trade deficit with the EU.”

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