Express.co.uk readers praised the Secretary of Commerce as she works to finalize a deal with the Commonwealth country “in the coming weeks.” Trade between the UK and New Zealand was worth £ 2.3 billion last year, government data showed, with potential to increase following a bilateral deal, officials said .
The deal could lead to lower prices for New Zealand products, including wine.
Commenting on this website, one reader said: “Keep them coming Liz. The cheaper New Zealand wine means there is no need to buy this mud from the EU.”
Another wrote: “Liz Truss is keeping the promise of Brexit and Global Britain. It scares the EU and its supporters.”
A third posted: “Great news, kudos to Liz’s Brexit victory.”
Another commented: “Reduced dependence on the EU is the answer to a brighter future for Britain. Continue like that. Ignore the pessimists and the naysayers. The less the UK has to do with the EU, the better.
A fifth added: “Well done Liz …….”
But some readers took a different opinion, with just one writing: “Not a single deal we have made is better than those we have had as members of the EU. Some are worse.”
Ms Truss said her team was working “around the clock” to finalize the deal with New Zealand.
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“An agreement would reflect these ideals and be a win-win for both countries.
“It would also be an important step towards our accession to the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership), helping the UK gain access to 11 of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies in the Pacific region and opening up the doors to markets around the world. “
A post-Brexit free trade deal could lead to lower prices for New Zealand wine, including sauvignon blanc and pinot noir, which are currently hit with tariffs of up to 20p per bottle.
The price of apples and Manuka honey could also be cut, with more than £ 42million of fruit imported from New Zealand in 2020 and over £ 32million of honey imported, despite tariffs of 8 % and 16% respectively.
The associated tariffs could be removed as part of a free trade agreement, the government said.
Officials said “good progress” was made after the sixth round of trade talks with Wellington ended last month, as confidence grew over a deal.