Key from the UK

John Key has arrived in London amidst a fast changing political landscape. When he left New Zealand David Cameron was Prime Minister and both the Conservative and Labour parties were in disarray, both grappling with leadership contests and factional splits.

By the time Key leaves Europe the UK will have Theresa May as Prime Minister and we may know whether calls for a snap election will be heeded or not.

Key was interviewed on Breakfast this morning. Here is the Twitter feed:

“David Cameron was doing some packing when I popped in to see him”

“One thing that has come through is how much the UK values it’s relationship with NZ”

“There is no question that Britain is trying to think about what a world with out close ties to Europe will be like”

“They will be looking around the world, at countries like NZ to see what they have to offer, it’s going to be a long game”

“A lot of people thought about the referendum, but not what things would look like afterwards”

“All of their decisions will come with consequences when it comes to trade with Europe”

Before the overnight changes Newshub reported:

Key: NZ will ‘get there’ with Europe trade agreement

Prime Minister John Key says he’s confident New Zealand can shore up trade deals with European leaders and Britain in the aftermath of Brexit.

Mr Key is stopping over in London to meet with outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron, before moving on to France and Italy where he’s hoping to push trade interests.

“The challenge always will be with an FTA with Europe, with the likes of French farmers who are less cautious about New Zealand, a little bit with Irish farmers as well, is very large producers, but I think we’ll get there,” he says.

New Zealand has also offered to help Britain beef up its trade negotiating capacity.

With the rapid changes going on in the UK Key’s visit may be unlucky timing and premature given the change of Prime Minister and uncertainty over Brexit, or it may be opportune timing getting in at the forefront of changes.

I suspect the UK and EU leaders will have much bigger and more imminent priorities than a wee country on the other side of the planet.


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  1. Brown

     /  12th July 2016

    I feel your last line is superficially true but doesn’t paint the whole picture. I suspect the people that voted to leave the EU know who their friends are and value old relationships. The UK and Europe are not really happy bedfellows. That doesn’t mean there’s open hostility and no trade but birds of a feather flock together voluntarily – not at the whim of political elites.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  12th July 2016

    I think Key will be pretty skilled at making the most of the opportunity without irritating busy people. In that regard I think his banking background will stand him and us in good stead.

  3. Blazer

     /  12th July 2016

    I always thought it was his golfing background that stood him in good stead.Learning to be a gracious loser could come in handy.


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