October 16, 2019
Peters ready for trade talks as hard Brexit looms
Foreign Minister Winston Peters is picking a hard Brexit, and believes New Zealand exporters including Māori can find a positive side to Britain’s pain.
The New Zealand First leader was one of the first to publicly come out and say he thought British voters would opt to leave the European Union.
He doesn’t think British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be able to negotiate terms for an exit before the October 30 deadline, but will crash out anyway.
Britain will then have to negotiate trade agreements, with New Zealand likely to be one of the first.
"What does it mean for Māori? It means we’ve got to have a wider and better market. What it means for international affairs is we will have a new and more engaged party in the Pacific helping us on the Pacific projects we need to work on for our own security," he says.
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