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Britain and Morocco to sign post-Brexit trade agreement, talks with Australia in progress

Christian Fernsby |
Morocco and Britain have agreed to sign a post-Brexit bilateral trade agreement as soon as possible, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nacer Bourita said.

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The agreement, which is in its final phase, will generate greater trade opportunities for both countries, Bourita told reporters after his talks with British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Andrew Murrison and Minister of State for International Trade Conor Burns.

The bilateral relations are moving towards the establishment of a genuine strategic partnership, he said.

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, "it's vital we continue to work closely alongside our valued international partners," said Burns.

Earlier Tuesday, the two sides held the second UK-Morocco Strategic Dialogue in Rabat.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is in Canberra, Australia, today where she will meet with senior politicians including Trade Minister Simon Birmingham.

Speaking ahead of the visit in Canberra today, the International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said: "t’s great to be in Australia this week as you are one of our highest priorities for a post-Brexit trade deal. And with good reason trade between our two countries was worth £16.6 billion in the year to March 2019, and we have more than £46 billion invested in each others economies.

"Now, for the first time in nearly half a century, we are taking back control of our trade policy. I want to see an ambitious trade deal which reduces tariff and non-tariff barriers for UK exporters.

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