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May: Australia seeking post-Brexit free trade deal

Australia is one of many countries already seeking a UK trade deal Credit: PA

Australia wants a free trade deal with Britain as soon as possible, new Prime Minister Theresa May revealed on Saturday.

In a phone call with her Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull expressed his desire to open up trading with Britain promptly following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Mrs May, who replaced David Cameron in Downing Street on Wednesday, described the call as "very encouraging" and evidence Britain can be successful outside of the EU.

Trade Secretary Liam Fox has been tasked with exploring such trading options, but Britain can not sign any deals while it remains an EU member.

Theresa May is confident Britain can prosper outside the EU Credit: Reuters

I have been very clear that this Government will make a success of our exit from the European Union.

One of the ways we will do this is by embracing the opportunities to strike free trade deals with our partners across the globe.

It is very encouraging that one of our closest international partners is already seeking to establish just such a deal.

This shows that we can make Brexit work for Britain, and the new Secretary of State for International Trade will be taking this forward in the weeks and months ahead.

Britain is an outward-looking and globally-minded country, and we will build on this as we forge a new role for ourselves in the world.

– Theresa May

According to Dr Fox, speaking to the Sunday Times, a number of non-EU countries have already asked Britain for a trade deal.

On Friday, Mrs May told Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon she would not trigger Article 50 to leave the EU before getting UK-wide agreement.