Posting a video on his social media accounts, Boris Johnson announced trade talks with Australia will begin today in order to agree to a post-Brexit free trade deal. The Prime Minister vowed to get “closer together than ever before” as he called for “reduced tariffs” on Australian products coming to the UK. He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled today to be inaugurating the UK-Australia, Australia-UK free trade agreement talks.
“And it’s quite extraordinary to think of all the things that we trade with each other already, even without a free trade deal.
“So we import colossal quantities of absolutely delicious Australian wine.
“We export all kinds of things, including – I was amazed to discover – boomerangs, made in the UK, exported to Australia.”
“I don’t think they come back but we send them to Australia,” he joked.
The Prime Minister added: “Think of the potential that we have. I want a world in which we send you Marmite, you send us Vegemite.
“We send you Penguins, and you send us, with reduced tariffs, these wonderful Arnott’s Tim Tams.
“How long can the British people be deprived of the opportunity to have Arnott’s Tim Tams at a reasonable price?
“There is a huge amount that we can do, whether it’s on financial services or across all sectors of our free trade agreement.
“We share a language, we share a head of state.
“We’re united by so much already.
“Let’s get this free trade agreement done.
“Australia and the UK coming closer together than ever before.”
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