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As the UK-Australia trade deal comes into force, those close to the negotiations reflect on their dramatic — and farcical — climax.
‘Your boss has conceded the whole kingdom’, Australian negotiator said to have told Liz Truss.
‘It gives the Australians the ability to say, ‘we’ll dig in – here are our terms, but we’re not going to budge’.
Dave Sharma says ‘megaphone diplomacy’ was behind British government suggesting Dan Tehan was a novice.
Allies of UK trade secretary Liz Truss accused of launching an ‘unprovoked attack’ on Dan Tehan on the eve of their meeting.
Australia’s ABC News said the comments were greeted “with a mixture of disbelief and laughter” in Canberra.