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Peters takes sides over Brexit

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/06/2016

Winston Peters thinks Britain should leave the European Union, and he's criticising Prime Minister John Key for urging it not to.

The NZ First leader has taken issue with Mr Key saying in a BBC interview that if Europe was on New Zealand's doorstep "we would be looking to join, we certainly wouldn't be looking to leave".

Mr Peters says it was a foolish comment.

"We would be forced to spend billions reintroducing direct agricultural subsidies and nanny-state regulations on things like toasters," he said on Tuesday.

"It's also easy to say when Mr Key does not pay a cent towards the $700 million weekly bill that the EU extorts from the UK."

Mr Peters also took a shot at US President Barack Obama for "lecturing" the British people on how they should vote.

"The president said to the United States' most loyal European ally that a leave the EU vote would put the UK at the back of the queue for any US-UK trade deal. That's a threat."

Mr Peters has previously said a "free" Britain would be good for New Zealand because trade could be strengthened.

He repeated that on Tuesday.

"A prosperous Britain means our exports will go up, reversing the long term trade decay we've seen since 1973," he said.

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