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Set up free movement with Australia, former PM urges

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Not sure if this is the right forum but it's an interesting concept.

 

Britain and Australia should set up a free movement zone after Brexit because they share “western norms of behaviour”, Tony Abbott has said.Mr Abbott, who was prime minister of Australia from 2013 to 2015, said the freedom of Britons and Australians to travel between the two countries “for work, not welfare” should be a condition of any future trade deal.

“The instant Britain did vote to leave the European Union, people in Australia started to think about the appropriate terms of a free trade deal,” he said. “I have to say they are very simple.

“Trade in goods should be absolutely free of tariffs and quotas. There should be full mutual recognition of standards and qualifications. And there should be free movement of people…

 

 

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Yes this comes up a lot now on TV in the newspapers and in magazines.  Nice if it happens and I hope it will.  Half of UK would move over then, and probably all the young ones from Australia will come over here to work.

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Zero chance.

If freedom of movement were to form a part of a trade deal between UK and Australia then there would be an expectation from other nations that the same would apply in turn.

Free movement with any trade deals is pretty contrary to the whole Brexit concept so can't see it happening.

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The UK already said this wasn't an option.....Abbott raised it after Boris Johnson did in the UK, then BoJo was slapped down by the Home Sec, and Abbott was slapped down himself.

The reason is.....Australia will do a deal with the UK when it's in their best interests, and of course their will be a deal. 

Australia will also target the EU separately to pick up any slack left by the UK exit, and that potentially is a much bigger market for them.  So they can't and shouldn't promise the UK anything when they are likely to want to compete with the UK for EU business once there is a potential gap...farming exports for one.   The Brexit may also change the EU's negotiating stance with others and they may want to sew up quick deals with countries other than the UK.

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