UK and Australia in first post-Brexit trade deal

But this, the first bespoke deal of the post-Brexit era, signifies global Britain’s ambitions. The hope is that this paves the way for more alliances beyond the EU – starting with a group of trans-Pacific nations, the CPTPP. They only buy 8% of our exports – and we have deals already with the majority of members. But the ultimate hope is that key partners – such as the US – might also join.

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