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Australia-UK FTA enters its third round

Posted: 11th November 2020

The second round of negotiations on the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was held virtually from 21 September to 2 October, with substantial progress made in over forty sessions. The third round is scheduled for 23 November to 4 December.

Australia’s High Commissioner to the UK, the Hon George Brandis QC, appeared before the House of Lords on 21 October to highlight the economic benefits to both countries of a comprehensive and ambitious FTA. He stressed the true test of ambition for this FTA was whether it would provide a pathway to tariff and quota free trade between our two countries –  “That is no more than what the UK has had for decades with the EU and it remains… the objective for the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with Europe… The relationship between Australia and the UK deserves no less.”  The House of Lords session can be viewed here.

More information on the FTA and how you can share your views can be found here and submissions are still welcome at

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