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NZ may offer trade help to UK post-Brexit

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/06/2016

New Zealand could offer support to the United Kingdom as it faces the task of negotiating new trade deals following the decision to leave the European Union.

The Telegraph in the UK has reported that New Zealand could go as far as offering some of its own trade negotiators, but Trade Minister Todd McClay says that's not currently on the table.

"New Zealand is committed to working in a constructive and deliberate way with both the EU and the UK as we advance our mutual interests with both," Mr McClay said in a statement.

"In that context we are open to sharing with the UK some expertise on trade matters, including how New Zealand structures our foreign ministry to manage trade issues.

"But offers of loaning them staff are not currently on the table given the range of trade negotiation commitments New Zealand is currently managing."

The UK has few trade negotiators of its own, with much of that work having been outsourced to the EU.

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