Australia Says Can "Trust" UK On Trade Pact

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Australia Says Can 'Trust' UK On Trade Pact

Australia's Trade Minister reaffirmed country's plans to reopen planetary borders to Australians

Brussels, Belgium:

Australia's Trade Minister Dan Tehan said connected Wednesday his authorities trusts Britain to uphold their caller commercialized pact contempt London present wanting to renegotiate portion of its Brexit pact with the EU.

He besides emphasised that Canberra wants to creaseless things implicit with Paris aft the AUKUS enactment that saw France respond furiously erstwhile its declaration to proviso submarines to Australia was torn up successful favour of American-designed atomic ones.

And Tehan -- besides Australia's curate for tourism -- reaffirmed his country's plans to yet reopen planetary borders to Australians and their families overseas "before Christmas" arsenic Covid-19 vaccinations accelerate.

Tehan spoke to AFP successful an interrogation successful Brussels, the penultimate limb of a planetary circuit comprising authoritative visits to Indonesia, India and the United Arab Emirates, past ministerial meetings astatine the OECD successful France with G20 counterparts successful Italy.

On Thursday, helium is owed successful London to scrutinise and motion a 600-page Australian-British bilateral escaped commercialized statement announced successful June earlier helium returns home.

- 'Keen' to talk to the French -

Asked if helium believed London would basal by that commercialized accord fixed its remonstrations implicit the Northern Ireland portion of its 2019 pact with the EU formalising Brexit, Tehan stressed Australian-British humanities ties.

"Well, of people we tin spot the UK connected its treaties and we volition proceed connected negotiating successful bully religion with them," helium said.

"Obviously what the UK and the EU are going through, that's precise overmuch a substance for them and I'll permission the commentary connected that for others. But erstwhile it comes to Australia and the UK, we're beloved friends, aged friends."

Tehan's halt successful Brussels was primitively meant to see talks with European Commission officials connected a escaped commercialized pact Australia wants with the European Union.

But the 12th circular of those negotiations was postponed until adjacent month, aft France denounced what it saw arsenic a "stab successful the back" implicit AUKUS and the cancelled sub deal.

France has been cold-shouldering Canberra since that row.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has truthful acold been incapable to talk with French President Emmanuel Macron connected the matter, and Tehan was likewise snubbed by his French commercialized counterpart erstwhile helium was successful Paris.

Tehan said it was "positive" that France's ambassador to Australia was backmost aft being recalled, on with France's apical envoy to the US, successful September.

"We've made it precise wide we're precise keen to beryllium down and prosecute with the French government, and we'll bash that with these precise important issues that we request to proceed to sermon -- and the EU-Australia FTA is 1 of them," helium said.

Those talks were astir astatine the "end-game" stage, helium said, and helium expected a pact could beryllium agreed "hopefully by the extremity of adjacent year".

- COP26 acme -

A imaginable venue for Australia to get immoderate face-time with European leaders connected the commercialized and residual AUKUS issues is the COP26, a UN acme connected containing clime alteration being held successful Britain successful 2 weeks' time.

While Morrison has not committed to going, Tehan said that Australia's person "will marque a determination implicit the coming days... but helium is of a mind, I think, to privation to attend".

As for Australians overseas wanting to instrumentality oregon sojourn their state -- a hard feat presently fixed precise constricted flights, rider caps and costly edifice quarantine -- Tehan said helium hoped they would beryllium capable to bash truthful much freely from "around the extremity of November, opening of December".

The determination was tied to Australia's vaccination complaint against Covid, with the authorities aiming to easiness question restrictions erstwhile 80 percent of the colonisation is afloat immunised.

Currently, astir 52 percent of Australia's residents person had 2 jabs, but the astir populous states of New South Wales and Victoria person higher figures.

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