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Boris Johnson urged to target Australia for UK’s next Brexit trade deal as EU talks waiver


Britain secured its first major Brexit deal on Friday, after it reached an agreement with Japan. In response, Express.co.uk asked its readers which country Boris Johnson should try to target next, as talks with the EU near breaking point.

The poll, carried out from 3pm on September 11 to 8am on September 12, asked: “Which country should Boris target for Britain’s next trade deal?”

The 2,603 voters could choose from Australia, USA, Canada, India, South Korea, New Zealand and other.

Australia was the most popular choice with 48 percent of the vote (1,211 votes).

This was followed by the USA (21 percent, 514 votes), Canada (13 percent, 378 votes), and India (eight percent, 203 votes).

New Zealand received just five percent backing (162 people) and two percent (61 people) voted for South Korea.

One percent of voters opted for “other” (46 people) and the same proportion also responded “don’t know” (28 people).

Readers then took to the comments to explain why they thought the Prime Minister should prioritise talks with Australia.

One person said: “Big world and lots of countries wanting to trade, so as many mutually beneficial deals as possible, but given a choice of one, then Australia.”

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Several readers highlighted countries they thought the UK Government should avoid.

One person said: “We do not need a trade deal with USA.

“That would be worse than one with EU.”

Another person wrote: “The US I wouldn’t count on at the moment.”

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was agreed in principle by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Japan’s foreign minister Motegi Toshimitsu in a video call this morning.

Negotiations began in June – with most talks happening remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A final text of the agreement is likely to be published in October.


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