May’s trade assurances to Ardern cannot be taken seriously

Jacinda Ardern has just visited Theresa May in London, and statements and assurances were made, but according to Hamish Rutherford these cannot be taken seriously.

Given that May cannot give her own country assurances over the outcome of Brexit and what that will mean for their trade agreements I think he is right.

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When Jacinda Ardern’s visit to Europe was officially announced last week, the prime minister’s office surely knew it was setting impossible expectations.

Although it appears the main purpose of the trip is to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, the visit also included an awkwardly timed visit to London.

Very awkwardly timed – the UK is facing a crisis over being unable to agree on how they will leave the European Union.

Ardern’s meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May was a chance to “reconfirm the understanding that New Zealand will be left no worse off, including in respect of its trade interests” following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

If only it were that simple.

Surely, if the British prime minister does not know the terms under which her country will leave the world’s largest trading bloc, then her assurances of how things will look for Britain’s other trading partners cannot be taken seriously.

Being prepared for dealing with post-Brexit Britain is worth doing, but all we really got yesterday were photo ops and pointless platitudes after a one hour meeting between Ardern and May.

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22 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  23rd January 2019

    so is the agreement May made with Australia a dud too.

    ‘Given that May cannot give her own country assurances over the outcome of Brexit and what that will mean for their trade agreements I think he is right.’

    On this basis we can take nothing May says seriously.

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    • Duker

       /  23rd January 2019

      It’s a ‘keep calm and carry on’ agreement , which keeps in place existing EUarrangements IN THE UK no matter what the final brexit details are.
      Plus it’s a government to government agreement which binds UK no matter who is PM

      Every one keeps predicting Mays end…..yet.

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      • Yes. It was a routine agreement, arranged and signed by minions a long time ago. It did not require the presence of a preening Ardern on the steps of No 10, or even in the UK at all.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  24th January 2019

          Theresa May must feel like a frantically busy mother with an annoying child pulling on her sleeve.

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  2. David

     /  23rd January 2019

    Ardern is quite the star overseas she is does a very good job.
    Her first foray was a an embarrassing disaster and the Australian excursion was cringeworthy, she is a fast learner and has hit her straps diplomatically. Her piece she penned for the Telegraph was beautifully written and very well received from an audience that is not her natural home.

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    • Gezza

       /  23rd January 2019

      Concur with that assessment David.

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    • Duker

       /  23rd January 2019

      “Her first foray was a an embarrassing disaster and the Australian excursion was cringeworthy”
      really ? Do you mean Hosking wasnt impressed or was it the 60 Minutes interview
      ‘”I’ve met a lot of prime ministers in my time, but none so young, not too many so smart, and never one so attractive”, he said of the interview. – Wooley
      Prime Minister Ardern said she “wasn’t fazed” by the 60 Minutes interview.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  23rd January 2019

        I wonder if she actually wrote the piece in the Telegraph.

        She came across as very gushing and golly-gosh in the interview I saw. Giggling about not letting Clarke off the hook, rather than saying that that was a private thing.

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  3. Duker

     /  23rd January 2019

    “but according to Hamish Rutherford these cannot be taken seriously.”

    But Rutherford is the wellington version of Mike Hosking, the glass is always empty.

    The ‘fine details’ of the Brexit deal doesnt matter, the Irish border question doesnt affect NZ, along with the other ‘big issues’ for UK but minor matters for us

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  4. George

     /  23rd January 2019

    I seem to recollect just how concerned Britain was for us as a trading partner when they joined the Common Market.
    To see dowdy Cindy alongside a really powerful politician pretending to actually matter was cringworthy

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    • Blazer

       /  23rd January 2019

      who is the ‘really powerful’ politician?

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      • George

         /  23rd January 2019

        along side [use proper names for politicians please] any elected person is the really powerful elected politician

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    • Blazer

       /  23rd January 2019

      Advantage-TS…

      ‘Theresa May is such a political undead that any paper she signs means nothing.

      Theresa May’s appalling political management of the U.K. economy is now so fuzzy that actual government has been reduced to white noise. ‘

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      • Duker

         /  23rd January 2019

        really? Do you even know what was signed beyond ‘assurances’

        It was a government – government agreement, not a personal whim of May or Ardern

        It means that regardless of what happens with Brexit, our exporters will continue to be treated as they currently are for instance by the EU,” Ms Ardern said.

        Thats solves the little problem of details that are holding up the Commons signing off on ‘sticking point’

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    • Gezza

       /  23rd January 2019

      Jacinda definitely not the one looking dowdy.

      Just saying. She’s obviously a star & people love to meet her there. Look at the female naval officer. Who would she be voting for do you reckon, if she was one of ours?

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    • Duker

       /  23rd January 2019

      george you dont remember at all
      ” just how concerned Britain was for us as a trading partner when they joined the Common Market.”

      We had plenty of transitional agreements to cover the aftermath, some still apply

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  23rd January 2019

        They were probably told to smile for the camera.

        Theresa May looks puzzled as to why Jacinda’s laughing like a hyena in the second photo.

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  5. “May’s trade assurances to Ardern cannot be taken seriously”

    Why restrict yourself to these two or their assurances? In politics ancient and modern those who climb to the top of the greasy pole do so, by and large not out of any sense of altruism, but rather by burning ambition for self glorification.

    It was ever thus and p[possibly always will be.

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  6. Patzcuaro

     /  23rd January 2019

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  23rd January 2019

      At least she wasn’t wearing skintight puce pyjamas in what was obviously polyester ‘satin’.

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