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Brexiteers hoping that Australia will ride to the rescue are in for a nasty shock

A former UK high commissioner to Australia says it will drive a hard bargain in trade talks

By Helen Liddell  

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: LUKAS COCH/AAP/PA Images

“The Tyranny of Distance” is how Australian business leaders explain favouring trade with Asia compared to trade with the UK. It should serve as a warning to those who see a Free Trade Agreement with Australia as part of the post-Brexit “new dawn.” There are plenty of them: Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and co have long talked up the prospect of a revived “Anglosphere” riding to Brexit Britain’s rescue.

But the numbers tell…

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