Brexit news latest – Boost for Britain as Australia backs 'trusted partner' in Brexit bill trade spat with the EU

BRITAIN has received a Brexit boost as Australia vowed to stand-by the UK during it's trade spat with the EU.

Declaring Britain a "trusted partner", Australia's High Commissioner to the UK, George Brandis dismissed the controversy surrounding Boris Johnson's Internal Market Bill.

Asked whether the bill would change Australia-UK negotiations, he insisted nothing had changed adding "we Australians regard the UK as a most trustworthy partner."

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  • BIDEN'S WARNING FOR UK POST-BREXIT TRADE DEAL

    Joe Biden has said any UK-US trade deal had to be “contingent” on respect for the Good Friday Agreement.

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has tried to reassure US politicians about the latest Brexit developments during a trip to Washington.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he trusted the UK to “get this right”, BBC News reports.

    But US Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there was “no chance” of a UK-US trade deal getting through the US Congress if the UK violated international agreements, undermining the Good Friday Agreement.

  • CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS WARNING OVER INTERNAL MARKET BILL

    A warning has been sounded that the Internal Market Bill “jeopardises” the Good Friday Agreement.

    Last week MPs backed the Bill, which gives the Government power to override parts of the UK's Brexit agreement.

    Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis told the House of Commons last week that the plan would break international law “in a very specific and limited way”.

    Representatives of civil society groups have said that the actions of the Government are “jeopardising” the Good Friday Agreement and the functioning of the devolved administration at Stormont.

    The groups, which include the Human Rights Consortium, Equality Coalition and Unison, have described the actions of the Government as “contravening” international law and “undermining” the provisions of the Protocol in terms relating to the non-diminution of rights and equality protections.

  • 'BRIGHT FUTURE'

    Britain will see a Brexit boom over the coming years as EU-based business flock to the UK for a “bright future”, an expert has predicted.

    Robert Oulds, director of The Bruges Group think tank, said he believed the post-Brexit Britain would be an extremely appealing place for foreign investment as the EU struggles with numerous problems.

    “What we will also see is more companies fleeing the EU for the UK, he said.

    “We have already seen how Unilever wants to take its headquarters outside of the Netherlands into the UK… there are car companies that want to shift their production from Spain to the UK.”

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