Britain seeks post-Brexit trade deal with Australia

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, left, and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne pose for photographs ahead of a bilateral meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Lukas Coch/Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 12:35 PM PT — Thursday, February 6, 2020

The U.K. is hoping to strike its first post-Brexit free trade agreement with Australia. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne made the announcement on Thursday.

“We are ready and enthusiastic to seize the opportunity of a new era for enhanced strategic and economic cooperation, based in our deeply felt common values and principles,” stated Payne.

The countries already have a trade relationship worth over $22 billion, but Raab said he believes Britain has the potential to do more. Payne shared this optimistic sentiment and said she is confident in the new negotiations.

“I’m very pleased,” she said. “Foreign Secretary Raab has chosen to come to Australia, as his first visit after Britain left the EU, and I am confident that Australia can negotiate a very positive FTA with the U.K.”

Payne added the two countries hope to have the deal completed by the end of 2020. The U.K. will also be pursuing trade deals with other major economies, including the U.S. and Japan.

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Australia bans foreigners traveling from China

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, second right, Minister for Health Greg Hunt, left, Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne, right, give an update on the coronavirus at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a ban on any foreign travelers coming from China amid the coronavirus outbreak. On Friday, Morrison said Australia has declared a Level 4 travel guidance and is advising its citizens against traveling to China at all.

He said the health and well-being of Australians is behind the decision.

“Well, our first responsibility is Australians and Australia’s national interests,” said the prime minister. “That means the health of Australians and their well-being – that is what is driving our decisions.”

Morrison said Australian citizens and permanent residents will be allowed entry into the country, but are required to isolate themselves for 14 days upon arrival.

Australia’s foreign minister has said the government is working to evacuate its citizens from China. However, anyone with a temperature of 99 or higher has to stay and receive medical attention.

In this Jan. 22, 2020, photo, tourists gather to have their photos taken with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as a backdrop in Sydney, Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

This came after U.S. officials declared a Level 4 travel advisory for Americans earlier this week. The Chinese government responded to the travel restriction by saying the U.S. has set a “bad example.”

On Saturday, a spokeswoman from China’s foreign ministry criticized the U.S. for enacting the temporary travel ban, which went into effect after the administration declared a public health emergency following the outbreak.

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