Liz Truss shuts down Reid on UK-Australia deal criticism
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International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has dismantled an argument from LBC host Nick Ferrari over free movement after Brexit. Ms Truss was on Mr Ferrari’s radio show to discuss the new UK-Australia trade deal which was agreed earlier this week. The LBC presenter quired the merits of allowing Britons greater opportunities to live and work in Australia under the agreement comparing the move to the ending of European freedom of movement.
Mr Ferrair probed: “Of course people can’t go live and work in Europe anymore now can they Secretary of State?”
“Well, they can on some bases but what we are doing with Australia is we are opening up more opportunities there,” replied Ms Truss.
The host asked: “I wonder how many people want to avail themselves of taking up the opportunity of going to live and work in Australia as opposed to perhaps going to work in France or Italy?”
“The issue we had with the EU was that there were strings attached to those types of trading arrangements as we know.
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“We had to accept EU law we had to pay money in and we lost control of our borders.
“What’s different about the deal I am doing with Australia and with the trans-pacific partnership is none of those strings are attached.
“We can have the benefits of making it easier for people to live and work there, of getting tariff-free access to those markets, being able to sell in our digital and services without having to accept their laws.”
The Trade Secretary added: “That is the difference!”
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It comes after BBC presenter Ros Atkins has provided a brilliant analysis of the UK – Australia trade deal and the impact the agreement will have on Brexit Britain.
Mr Atkins said: “No doubt there are plenty of politics and symbolism here.
“There is not soo much detail but let us look at what we know.
“This detail impacts agriculture in particular Australian exports.
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“Digital and financial services, the UK sees opportunities here, and the terms of some work visas are changing.
“There is more too but it is agriculture that is being the focus some UK farmers are worried.
“And it is not just concerned with competition, it is about whether that competition is fair.
“The fear is that the UK’s standards will make the price of its exports uncompetitive.
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