Johnson backs Tier 2 visa reforms for Australians
Boris Johnson plans to renegotiate the current Tier 2 system in order to enable more Australians to live and work in Britain.
Mr Johnson also raised the possibility of a post-Brexit, free trade deal between the UK and Australia – something Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian prime minister, expressed his support for at the weekend when he said an "early, very strong, very open" agreement was on the cards. However, some confusion was thrown into the debate a few days later when Trade Minister Steven Ciobo described his country's historical tie with the UK as ''a relationship of yesteryear" and said his government's priority was to complete a trade deal with the EU in talks next year.Before yesterday's meeting, Mr Johnson said, "Australia is a long-standing and true friend of the UK, and I look forward to productive talks on how we tackle some of the challenges facing both of our great nations."This is a fantastic opportunity to reaffirm how important the UK–Australia relationship is to us and to celebrate our shared history, values and the strong links between our people."Mr Johnson's love of all things Australian earned him the 2014 Honorary Australian of the Year title, awarded by the high commission in London. In his column in the Daily Telegraph, he had written about the "bizarre" restrictions on Australians coming to the UK, and argued that Britain and Australia were more closely connected, culturally and emotionally, than any other countries.He said of the current Tier 2 system, “It just seems so peculiar to me. We fought together in two world wars. There’s huge cultural affinities, ties of blood relations, God knows what. I just think it’s bizarre. It has not been a great policy, in my view.”
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