Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand will look to build on its relationship with the United Kingdom and recommit to the European Union, after the country officially left the continental union recently.
The Minister said New Zealand already cooperates closely with Britain on defence and security issues and has cultural connections through history and migration.
But he said there's potential for us to work even more closely on international issues, particularly in the Pacific, with Britain hosting the COP26 climate conference later this year. Minister Peters also added that he would like to work to maximise opportunities for New Zealanders to live and work in the UK, which he said was an important element of our relationship.
“New Zealand welcomes the UK's confirmation that we will be in the first tranche of partners for free trade agreement negotiation,” the Minister said in a statement.
"While today marks a new chapter in the UK's history, New Zealand's relationship with the EU remains as important as ever.”
"We are making good progress on the EU-New Zealand FTA, and continue to work closely with the EU on many areas of mutual interest, including upholding the global rules-based system and meaningful action on climate change," Minister Peters added.