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Polls have shown a majority in favour in Australia and New Zealand and while not official party policy, Simon Bridges, current leader of the NZ opposition (and largest party) has expressed his support. The people who seem the least keen on it, according to polling, are us.
The idea hasn't had a high profile in Canada yet, so it's hard to judge public reaction to it. If it makes it onto the Conservative election platform this year then it will get a better airing and so public reaction will be easier to judge. The whole question though is very theoretical unless and until the UK actually does Brexit.

With regards to Canada and the opposition policy, nice but can't see them ever getting in any time soon.
The opposition are unlikely to be the opposition forever. More to the point though, neither of the biggest two parties are shy about stealing each other's policies if they look to be popular as the basic differences in outlook between them are very small. There is nothing in the proposal which I can see the current government having philosophical objections to. The difficult questions will be in the details, and that applies to all four countries and all parties.

As much as I would love to see this happen, I suspect it will come to nothing much. I'd vote for it though.
I've no idea if the idea will go anywhere, it came as quite a surprise to me when I first heard about it. However, when it gets the active support of people who have actually previously held cabinet portfolios such as trade minister and minister of labour, then I have to take the idea seriously.
What does the UK have to offer that Australia wants to buy considering that the UK is 10000nm further away than SE Asia?
The EU is Australia's second largest trading partner. The largest component of that is trade with the UK. The EU and Australia have opened negotiations on a free trade deal.
Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement
Australia and the European Union (EU) launched negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) on 18 June 2018. As a bloc, the EU is Australia's second largest trading partner, third largest export destination, and second largest services market. The EU was Australia's largest source of foreign investment in 2017.
Now, let's rephrase your question as "What does the UK EU have to offer that Australia wants to buy considering that the UK EU is 10000nm further away than SE Asia?" Evidently they see something worth the effort of going that distance.

I suspect that Australia will evaluate their self interest in a similar manner to Canada and want to continue to receive the expected benefits of freer trade with the UK after Brexit through some sort of direct Australia-UK trade deal.
The UK’s current biggest exports to Australia are:
1. Cars (£620m)
2. Medicines & Pharma (£450m)
3. Other manufactured products (£450m)
4. Beverages (£200m)
5. Specialised machinery (£200m)

The continued export of cars is likely to be pretty vulnerable depending on how the Automotive industry reacts to it’s current challenges, but the rest look like they would remain pretty solid. I can’t imagine what other products would increase though.


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Surely physical distance is pretty much an irrelevance these days. Otherwise A|di would not be selling me veg grown in Peru.
Surely physical distance is pretty much an irrelevance these days. Otherwise A|di would not be selling me veg grown in Peru.
It’s not an irrelevance, the cost of shipping & any tariffs just enter the overall price equation.


It may come as news to the Vietnamese that they are still French speakers.....
Or that French is spoken as widely in Canuckistan as those maps might indicate, most of that is barren empty wasteland, a bit like the French language!
When Quebec Province enacted its protectionist language Laws the big employers (Sun Life etc) upped sticks and say ttfn johnny frog!


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Defence hardware?
Which hasn't been developed by the U.S and doesn't come with any caveats or software permission issues attached.....but may have already been sold to a potential aggressor in their backyard.....hmmm, tricky.

However most of it can legitimately be stamped ' Combat proven' - unlike a lot vapourware with big promises attached being sourced elsewhere.

( RAH 66 Comanche anyone ? So cutting couldn't persuade the US Army to pay for it ...two aircraft flew, costing $3.5Bn EACH....TSR2 my arrse)

@Magic_Mushroom - If I remember correct the RAAF are still flying their F-18's ?

Or did they buy something to replace them yet ?

Time flies in aviation....when I was in DESO*, the Swiss were still operating some sharp but venerable Hawker Hunters....just before Christmas 2018 a pair of their F/A-18s flew over a rather gobsmacked Goatman on a sunny day near the Jungfrau....I didn't have my phone in my hand but these shots by someone else give the idea.

I imagine the ac are late USN.



* The Mesozoic era, when Big Beasts prowled the byways of Defence Procurement
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