Aussies Don't Want Visa-Free Brits Lowering the Tone of the Place

By Gary Cutlack on at

The slight inconvenience of needing an easy-to-get digital visa before entering Australia will continue even after any post-Brexit trade deal has been organised, as the current Aussie government says it can't imagine opening up visa-free travel or work to Brits no matter what's offered in return.

This comes from Australia's trade minister Simon Birmingham – isn't that a lovely name? – who said he can't imagine the UK would want to open borders with Australia anyway, seeing as appearing to be massive racists is our new national thing. Simon said: "We're not into full negotiating mode and we will have to see what the UK aspires to, but noting that work rights and movement of people in the UK has been a big part of the European Union debate, I would be surprised if complete liberalisation around migration and labour rights was on their agenda."

Birmingham says there may be more flexibility in working visa arrangements on the table, but that "unfettered movement" is not something he'll be proposing when the ship lands with the UK's trade deal negotiating team aboard. [SMH]

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