Britain is pushing for a freedom of movement deal that will allow Australians to live and work in both countries without a visa.
The proposal was discussed by the UK’s trade secretary, Liz Truss, and Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham in Canberra on Wednesday.
‘It’s certainly something we will be looking at as part of our free trade negotiations,’ Secretary Truss said in a press conference at Parliament House.
Ms Truss said the UK would be ‘looking at’ the proposal as part of pre-Brexit trade talks with Australia.
‘We want a fully comprehensive trade deal that reflects our deep, ongoing relationship, the friendship between our two countries, the fact that Australians want to come and live and work in Britain, and Brits want to come and live and work in Australia,’ she said.
‘The reason that I’ve chosen to make Australia one of the first countries I’ve visited as Trade Secretary is this is an absolute priority for me to get on with this trade deal.’
‘I would say months rather than years for it to be completed.’