New Zealand PM Says Looking for UK Trade Deal Soon after Brexit


(Reuters) – New Zealand will seek to agree a free trade deal with Britain as soon as possible after Brexit, Prime Minister Bill English said on Friday after talks with British leader Theresa May in London.

Britain is not able to sign trade deals with third countries while it remains a member of the European Union, but the government has said it is keen to start preparatory work so agreements can be reached quickly after it leaves.

“We are ready to negotiate a high-quality free trade agreement with the UK when it is in a position to do so,” English said at a news conference. “We already have a strong and diversified trading relationship with the UK and a free trade agreement will build on that.”