The EU has opened up trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand – giving them a years head start on the UK. This is a blow to the UK government which had hoped to make quick trade deals with countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

Gareth, who is a former trade minister, 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‚Äôs Vote on the final Brexit deal.”

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