Ardern competing with Brexit mess in trade talks with UK, EU

Jacinda Ardern is in the UK to have trade talks with Theresa May, but with the turmoil over Brexit there is probably not much that can be achieved at this stage.

NZ Herald:  PM Jacinda Ardern to meet Theresa May during time of Brexit tumult

When Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets her embattled British counterpart Theresa May tonight (NZT) she will be hoping the latter will not be too distracted by the Brexit turmoil in her own country to discuss trade.

Ardern, who is in the UK for a brief visit before heading to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, has put trade at the top of her agenda, saying free-trade agreements with both Britain and the European Union are priorities.

But trade agreements are unlikely to be priorities for the UK or EU at the moment.

Ardern will be seeking a reassurance from May that New Zealand will be no worse off, including in trade, following Britain’s departure from the European Union.

May will be much more concerned about how ;worse off’ the UK may be if she doesn’t sort out her Brexit mess – or if she does sort it out.

“My visit to the UK is an opportunity to underline New Zealand’s position as a natural and long-standing partner for the country as it redefines its global role post-Brexit,” Ardern said in a statement last week.

That ignores the fact that the UK dumped New Zealand “as a natural and long-standing partner” in the 1970sw as they turned to Europe and the EU.

While May will hear Ardern’s reminder that New Zealand is high on the list of countries Britain wants to negotiate free trade agreements with, it likely won’t be high on her list of short-term priorities.

Before Britain is in any position to negotiate free trade agreements, the House of Commons must first agree on a way forward or face a so-called “hard Brexit” on March 29 – that is leaving the European Union with no plan.

Ardern is at Davos for two days before heading to Brussels for meetings with European Council and Commission leaders.

Where she will also probably struggle to make much trade headway.

Some nice things will probably be said after both the UK and EU meetings, but it is unlikely much of substance will come out of either at this time.

 

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18 Comments

  1. Strong For Life

     /  21st January 2019

    It will be a talkfest and photo shoot exercise achieving nothing.

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    • Duker

       /  21st January 2019

      of course . Do you think that Adern and May are the lead negotiators on anything.
      Even on Brexit May has a team of people who do the negotiating, with the sticking points going up to the political leaders to choose from options given or not as the case may be.

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  2. Ray

     /  21st January 2019

    Just a chance to be out of the country and avoid awkward questions.
    Like why their so called “affordable homes” are 6 times the average household income etc.
    Where is Minister Twyford ?

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    • Duker

       /  21st January 2019

      ““affordable homes” are 6 times the average household income etc.”

      Thats the housing market left by the previous government. The good news is that prices havent risen in the last year.

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    • Blazer

       /  21st January 2019

      why hasn’t Twyford fixed the crisis in 5 minutes!
      It only took 9 years to make it.

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  21st January 2019

        And then National spent the next 9 years getting consents back up and wrestling with councils to free up land.
        Most of the job was done once Phil came in and started stuffing it up again.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  21st January 2019

          Six times the average income doesn’t seem too bad.

          A married couple I knew lived on one of their wages and used the other to pay off the house.

          A single woman I know, now in her 80s, paid her house off quite fast by not spending a cent that she didn’t have to until it was paid off. She said that she didn’t even buy any new undies all that time.

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  3. High Flying Duck

     /  21st January 2019

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  4. High Flying Duck

     /  21st January 2019

    You’re right Pete, Jacinda probably won’t get much done on her trip….meanwhile:

    “Australia and Britain have signed a new bilateral Wine Agreement and Mutual Recognition Agreement overnight in London, which will help ensure the continued flow of trade post-Brexit.

    Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said these agreements would ensure arrangements already in place between Australia and the European Union for our wine and other exports continued to apply for Britain post-Brexit.”

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/new-trade-agreements-secure-australian-exports-to-britain-post-brexit-20190119-p50sf3.html

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    • Duker

       /  21st January 2019

      Is that Australias biggest export to Britain , Wine ? All is good then.
      The number show that Australia exports $2.1 bill of wine to the world , UK numbers are $380 mill, while the EU combined is $590 mill

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  21st January 2019

        Did you miss the “and other exports” part?
        The agreement means that all existing trade will not be interrupted by Brexit, which would be detrimental to both countries. It also provides a base for increased trade to replace goods from other countries where agreements are not in place.

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  5. David

     /  21st January 2019

    I am glad she is still going, nothing will come of it but its good to be there flying the flag.
    I think we all need to get over Britain joining the EU back in the 70s, move on it was the best thing that happened to us..maybe Ardern could tell the Poms of our positive journey since.

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  6. David

     /  21st January 2019

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/comment/article-6613201/RUTH-SUNDERLAND-Davos-byword-absurdity-narcissism-elite.html

    Davos seems to have had its day, the billionaire elite trying to tell the little people how they should live is just about over, thank god.

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  7. Gezza

     /  21st January 2019

    Very favourable coverage of Jacinda in the UK on 1ewes at 6. Seemed to be all sensible stuff she was sound-bited saying to media. Good for her to go over there and show the leg. No sign of bubs there. All good so far. 👍

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