Aust keen for United Kingdom to leave EU customs union

Aust keen for United Kingdom to leave EU customs union determined "to lead a race to the top in global standards".

Australia would welcome interest from Britain in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional trade group after it has left the European Union, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Monday.

Bishop said Australia would want to secure rights for its citizens to work in Britain as part of any deal with Britain.

Improving animal welfare will be a priority after Brexit, the Environment Secretary will say today.

Davis said Britain and the European Union could preserve regulatory standards by close cooperation between regulators and the use of an independent arbitration mechanism.

"A race to the top is essential to tackle our shared challenges", he will say. We want to protect the interests of British manufacturing.

The party said it would increase the minimum wage, boost infrastructure outside London and create more affordable housing, and look at "better ways to manage immigration".

Tim Roache, general secretary of the GMB union, said: "Since 2010, the Conservatives have repeatedly chiselled away at vital protections and workplace justice describing them as "red tape" or "a burden" on business".

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Reacting to Mr Davis' speech, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said it "simply isn't worth the paper it's written on".

Addressing Austrian business leaders, he said the commitment offered a "clear read across" into the forthcoming talks on a free trade deal with the remaining 27 member states.

It was formed after last year's general election after a number of independent anti-Brexit candidates in London, including Clarke and co-founder Chris Coghlan, a former financier, chose to work together. He hinted strongly that he may be in favour of diluting standards, characterising them as requiring developers to "monitor two life cycles of the snail or build special swimming pools for newts".

Further speeches will be delivered by Cabinet Office minister David Lidington (on the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and global trade secretary and disgraced former defence secretary Liam Fox (on how the United Kingdom will forge new trade deals).

Once these wrap up negotiations can then begin on Britain's future relationship with the bloc.

"I want to ensure that UK companies have the maximum freedom to trade and operate within German markets, and for German businesses to do the same in the UK", May said after meeting German leader Angela Merkel in Berlin.

The Dutch government has activated a no-deal Brexit customs plan which will see it hire hundreds of new customs agents to deal with new trade barriers after Brexit.

He said the European Union already has a number of mutual recognition agreements with countries such as Switzerland, Canada and South Korea covering products including toys, cars, electronics and medical devices.