Ardern in the UK

Jacinda Ardern has had a number of meetings on her visit to London, in particular with Theresa May but also tickling the celebrity coverage with a ‘secret’ meeting with Princess Megan.

Ardern’s official release:  NZ UK trade relations advanced in Prime Ministers’ meeting

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May have advanced trade and a range of other issues during a one hour meeting held in London today.

The key areas of discussion were a mutual commitment to the rules-based international system and the future of the trading relationship between New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

“We very much value our relationship with the UK. It is our longest-standing relationship, and still one of our closest,” Jacinda Ardern said.

There has been cooperation on some things, but the UK dumped New Zealand in preference of the European Union on trade in the 1970s, and is looking at repairing that with their exit from the EU.

“The clear message we imparted to Prime Minister May today was, whatever the outcome of the Brexit process, we will have an enduring relationship with the UK across trade and the full range of interactions our two countries share.

Another clear message is that until Brexit is sorted closer trade talks can only be talked about as future possibilities.

“The constant movement of people between our countries, the vitality of investment and business interests between us, and the significant links between our citizens and governments demonstrate the ties between our populations, making us natural partners in a post-Brexit environment.

“Our shared values allow us to work together to address global challenges such as the urgency of addressing climate change and defending the international rules-based system from those who would undermine it.

“New Zealand appreciates the close cooperation we have with the UK on defence and security matters.”

Jacinda Ardern confirmed she has spoken to PM May about New Zealand’s interests that will be affected by Brexit, the priority placed on continuity and stability, and New Zealand not being left worse off as a result.

“Both sides welcomed the signing today of the Veterinary Agreement and Mutual Recognition Agreement on Conformity Assessment Bodies. These will assist in ensuring trade continues to flow freely between our countries, once the UK has left the EU

“These agreements mean current trade-facilitating arrangements covering the export of products into the EU are maintained with the UK.

“They help to ensure New Zealand exporters will not be worse off in the immediate aftermath of Brexit and there will be a continuity of the existing rules. This is a very important arrangement for our exporters.”

The Prime Ministers also reaffirmed the commitment of New Zealand and the UK to launch negotiations on a free trade agreement when the UK is in a position to do so.

“The FTA will be a high quality, comprehensive and progressive agreement that delivers for all of our citizens, contributes to addressing global and regional issues of concern, such as environmental issues and labour standards, and supports sustainable and inclusive economic development.”

New Zealand also welcomed the UK’s interest in acceding to the CPTPP.

“New Zealand supports the expansion of CPTPP to parties willing and able to meet the high standards of the agreement.”

The Prime Ministers also discussed the importance of immigration policies that facilitate the flow of skilled migration.

“New Zealanders continue to contribute to the UK economy and we welcome large numbers of UK citizens to New Zealand, including on our popular working holiday scheme. I welcomed the recent announcement that New Zealand citizens will soon be able to use e-gates in the UK.

“We also discussed a range of domestic priorities where both countries will benefit from learning from each other’s experiences, including through better regulation.

“Today’s meeting was very warm. It was proof of the depth, breadth and longevity of our countries’ relationship and the ongoing importance of our shared history and friendship to both countries’ success in a post-Brexit environment,” Jacinda Ardern said.

 

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  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  22nd January 2019

    She is not Princess Meghan; only people who are born royal can be called Prince or Princess First-name. If a woman marries a prince, she has an honorary title; Lady Diana was never Princess Diana; she was Princess Charles etc etc.

    It’s the same as only women whose fathers are dukes or, I think, earls, can be called Lady First-name. Ergo Lady Gallagher of Hamilton, who graciously asks people to call her Lady Judi is showing what a silly ass she is, she’s no more entitled to be calledLady Judi than I am to be called Lady Kitty.

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    • Duker

       /  22nd January 2019

      Not so. Diana became Princess of Wales. And isn’t one of the other wives of Royal dukes known as Princess Michael of Kent or some such.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  22nd January 2019

        Princess Michael of Kent’s first name is not Michael.

        Lady Diana was Princess of Wales as the wives of men who are knighted become Lady Surname; it’s pnly a courtesy title (I said honorary, my mistake)

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      • PDB

         /  22nd January 2019

        Wikipedia: “Diana, Princess of Wales, was commonly called “Princess Diana” following her marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales, but this was incorrect because she was not a princess in her own right.”

        When Meghan Markle married Prince Henry, his most important title was Duke of Sussex. She is therefore known as the Duchess of Sussex. She is also Princess Henry if she wishes to use that title but in her own right she is not a princess.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  22nd January 2019

        I think that she was both; Princess Charles and Princess of Wales, but never Princess Diana.

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        • PDB

           /  22nd January 2019

          You would be correct.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  22nd January 2019

            Thank you 🙂

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  22nd January 2019

              I wish that I could remember why a great-aunt was at the Coronation, albeit as one of those on a velvet stool (the seating varied according to the rank of the sitter; I’d have been on a packing-case behind a pillar :D)

            • PDB

               /  22nd January 2019

              Maybe she was shagging someone important?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  22nd January 2019

              She wasn’t that sort of girl, thank you. It will be a mystery forever. My brother now has the stool.

  2. Strong For Life

     /  22nd January 2019

    YAWN…

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