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‘Business as usual' in trade talks with EU, says Australian trade minister

Posted On: 18 Oct 2021   |   Posted By: Politico

Negotiations between the EU and Australia on a future trade deal are not being hamstrung by France's fury at losing a multibillion-dollar submarine deal with Canberra, Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan told local media Monday.
“It's just very much business as usual when it comes to our negotiations on that free trade agreement,” Tehan told Sky News. “Everything points to fact that it's in both the European Union and Australia's interests that we continue that FTA.”
On Sunday, Clément Beaune, France's European affairs secretary, told POLITICO that the EU could hardly continue talks after such a breach of trust. Bernd Lange, who chairs the European Parliament's trade committee, also said the deal was in trouble.
But French Ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thébault, whom Paris recalled home over the weekend, said his country is not actively lobbying the EU to abandon the trade deal. “At this stage negotiations do continue and there is a strong interest... for Australia to have a free trade agreement with...

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