On the other hand, as we said above, Australia has concluded a number of agreements on a number of subjects and is seeking to conclude a free trade agreement with the EU in order to improve WTO conditions. The European Union negotiates free trade agreements on behalf of all its member states, with member states having granted the EU “exclusive competence” to conclude trade agreements. Nevertheless, the governments of the Member States monitor each stage of the process (through the Council of the European Union, whose members are national ministers of each national government). On 22 May 2018, the Council of the European Union adopted the decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a free trade agreement between the EU and Australia. The seventh round of negotiations for a trade agreement BETWEEN the EU and Australia took place almost from 4 to 15 May 2020. By implementing this round, the EU and Australia have demonstrated their unwavering progress in the negotiations, despite the current difficult context. The discussions confirmed a shared commitment to rules-based trade and support from both economies for the recovery from the global pandemic. EU-Australia Trade Agreement: Report on the 7th round of negotiations More information on the EU-Australia trade negotiations This is why Australian exporters are supporting the steps taken by Australian exporters to conclude a new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Brussels to get the security they need to invest and plan. More information on trade negotiations between the EU and Australia The same applies to trade between the UK and the EU in the event of a no-deal. In practice, this would mean that many products traded between the UK and the EU would be subject to tariffs, as well as some restrictions on quotas and customs controls (Northern Ireland would be treated differently). “The outcome of the negotiations remains our clear preference. Whether we negotiate with the EU under conditions similar to those of Canada or Australia, at the end of the transition period we will regain our independence as a sovereign nation, which is what the British people voted for,” a government spokesman said.
Yes. Australia does not have a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU, so most of its trade is governed by WTO rules. But Australia itself is far from satisfied with its deals with the EU and insists on better market access, which only a full-fledged trade deal with the thriving 27-person bloc and its 500 million potential customers would bring. As part of its commitment to transparency, the European Commission today published the report summarising the progress made in the last round of negotiations on the EU-Australia trade agreement. . . .