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选举结果出炉后,澳大利亚对与英国的自由贸易协定持乐观态度

2019-12-16 14:59

堪培拉,12月16日(新华社)——保守党在英国大选中获胜后,澳英自由贸易协定(FTA)的谈判将加速进行。


澳大利亚总理莫里森(Scott Morrison)周一对新闻集团(News Corp Australia)表示,他周六晚间与连任的英国首相约翰逊(Boris Johnson)进行了交谈,同意加快贸易谈判的速度,最终协议可能在12个月内达成。


一旦英国脱欧获得批准,澳大利亚将与美国一道,成为首批与英国签署贸易协定的国家之一。


“我们讨论了自由贸易协定……我们已经准备好与他进行接触。


“他把这件事排在要做的事情的前面,他很乐观。我们对所能取得的成就非常有抱负,”莫里森补充道。


两国之间关于自由贸易协定的正式谈判只能在英国脱欧后开始,约翰逊已经宣布脱欧将于1月31日开始。


该协议可以在为期一年的英国退欧过渡期期间谈判并签署,然后在过渡期结束后的第二天生效。


澳大利亚贸易、旅游和投资部长西蒙•伯明翰(Simon Birmingham)向《澳大利亚金融评论报》(Australian Financial Review)表示,一个双边工作组已经研究了两年可能达成的自由贸易协定。


他表示:“这个工作组意味着,一旦英国能够启动正式谈判,我们就处于有利地位。”

 

CANBERRA, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Negotiations on an Australia-Britain free trade agreement (FTA) are set to accelerate following the Conservatives' victory in the British election.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told News Corp Australia on Monday that he spoke to his re-elected British counterpart Boris Johnson on Saturday night and agreed to fast-track trade negotiations, with a final deal potentially being struck within 12 months.

Along with the United States, Australia is expected to be one of the first countries to sign a trade agreement with Britain once Brexit has been ratified.

"We had a discussion about the FTA ... and we are ready to engage on it with him," Morrison said of Johnson on Monday.

"He had it high on the list of things to do and he was optimistic. We are very aspirational in what we can achieve," Morrison added.

Formal negotiations on an FTA between the two countries can only begin after Britain leaves the European Union (EU), which Johnson has declared will happen on Jan. 31.

The deal can be negotiated and signed during the one-year Brexit transition period and then come into effect the day after the transition period ends.

Simon Birmingham, Australia's minister for trade, tourism and investment, told the Australian Financial Review that a bilateral working group has been exploring a potential FTA for two years.

"This working group will mean we are well-positioned to kick off formal negotiations as soon as the UK is in a position to do so," he said.

来自: xinhua