Australians counterattack Britain over “bad tactics” prior to trade negotiations


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Australian government insiders counterattacked Britain over a “sledge” by Liz Truss allies prior to this week’s trade negotiations.

A source close to the Secretary of State for International Trade said on Tuesday that Australian trade minister Dan Tehan was “inexperienced” in comparison.

Truss’ ally Appealing for “glacier-slow” progress “We need to show that he can play at this level,” Taehan warned when the two met for negotiations on Thursday over the UK-Australia trade deal.

They also claimed that the British Prime Minister had “planned to have Mr. Tehan sit in Locarno’s room.” [in the Foreign Office] Sitting in an uncomfortable chair, he has to deal with her directly for nine hours. “

The Australian minister told the newspaper that his remarks were “arrogant,” and Taehan argued that he was “from the land” and “has stamina.” Please see off Mr. Truss’s tactics..

Not impressed, the frontbencher ironically commented, “When the British underestimate us, I love it.”

On condition of anonymity, the minister continued, “Sledding is an art we learned on the pitch. It’s just that the British are stunned.”

Australian officials also weighted Counter the British government briefing.. An official of the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said, “If this was explained by a member of the truss staff, it would be very rude.”

“This is also a very bad tactic. It won’t work,” an official told The Sydney Morning Herald.

It was pointed out that Mr. Taehan joined DFAT for the first time in 1995, although he was only appointed Minister of Trade in December in response to the allegation that he was “inexperienced” in trade negotiations.

He served as a diplomat from 1999 to 2001 and a trade advisor to the Minister from 2002 to 2005, helping to negotiate an Australian free trade agreement with the US Government under George W. Bush.

Mr. Truss is said to have sent a text message to Mr. Tehan on Tuesday night stating that she was looking forward to seeing him and wanted a productive two-day dialogue in London.

Vicki Treadall, UK High Commissioner, faced a question about a UK briefing. She defended a source close to Ms. Truss, claiming that Australia is one of “our closest friends and allies” but “because this is a trade negotiation, both sides have tactics.” ..

Some British politicians also vaguely looked at the briefing. Alistair Carmichael, a Liberal Democratic MP, and a spokesman for the Interior Ministry have branded it “embarrassing” and tweeted. You will notice long-term negative side effects. “

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