Thomas – Announcement of EU-Australia-New Zealand trade talks shows our International Trade Secretary has been outfoxed again

The EU has announced the start of trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. Talks on a trade deal are now due to start in July.

Commenting, Gareth Thomas MP, former Trade Minister and leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“Once again, our International Trade Secretary has been outfoxed in his attempts to secure new post-Brexit free trade deals.

“The supposed economic benefits of Brexit rely entirely on striking new international trade deals, but clearly most countries are more interested in negotiating with the EU, the largest trading bloc in the world, than with the UK alone.

“With the fantasy economic benefits of Brexit disappearing by the day, but with the costs mounting up, this is yet more evidence of why we need a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”

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Notes to editors

The full announcement can be read here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-3881_en.htm