After threatening to prevent the UK from a major trade accord, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was advised to ‘wind neck in.’
New Zealand’s veiled threat to prevent the UK’s entry to a major trade group has enraged Britons, who claim Jacinda Ardern has “got it wrong.”
The Prime Minister of New Zealand spoke to the country’s Institute of International Affairs, saying that trade talks with the United Kingdom were “well-advanced.” Boris Johnson has stated that joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a top goal for the United Kingdom after Brexit.
Ms Ardern appeared to issue a veiled warning to the United Kingdom, implying that New Zealand may veto any move to join the CPTPP.
In 2019, the bloc, which includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, contributed for £110 billion in UK trade.
“Last month, we reached agreement on the formation of a working group to discuss the UK’s accession to the CPTPP,” the Prime Minister stated.
“Other economies will be allowed to participate in the CPTPP as well.
“Our greatest quality deal is the CPTPP.
“Those interested in joining must be able to meet the organization’s high standards.”
“Governments will need to re-commit to supporting an open and rules-based regional order; one that is more sustainable and resilient,” Ms Ardern said of international ties following the coronavirus outbreak.
“And we need to recommit to doing everything we can to promote that transformation.
“We will do so in pragmatic ways that advance our interests while remaining true to New Zealand values.”
It comes after the EU and the US accused the UK of violating international law by failing to properly implement the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Britons are now outraged at the veiled threats to the UK’s ability to join the CPTPP.
One reader responded to this website’s initial story by saying Ms Ardern “got it wrong” when she said the UK must follow a “rules-based regional order.”
“Her views should be addressed to the EU, not the UK,” they added.
“If Ardern threatens again, we should remove New Zealand from our list of dependable partners,” another reader commented.
“When the world’s sixth-largest economy comes knocking, doors open,” said another.
“There’s following the rules and then there’s following the rules as enforced by a government seeking to penalize you for their own ends,” someone else said. Ardern needs to get her knickers in a tangle on this one.”
“Take no heed, she’ll be gone soon!” said another.
Some readers advised against joining the CPTPP. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”