The former Australian Prime Minister has changed his mind on Brexit, now claiming that he is “quietly thrilled that the British people have resolved to claim back their country”. Tony Abbott had backed Remain because he thought Brexit would be bad for Europe, not the other way around. During a speech at the UK/Australia Chamber of Commerce he called for:
“an entirely seamless economic relationship based on free entry of goods, mutual recognition of services and standards, and easy entry of qualified people…. If a motor car could be registered in the UK, it should also be registrable in Australia… If a trade qualification was recognised in Australia, it should also be recognised here.”
He also called for free movement between the UK and Australia saying that Australians should no longer face passport queues at Heathrow. It’s never too late to be a Brexiteer..
Tony Abbott at the Margaret Thatcher Centre…
“Our moral obligation is to receive people fleeing for their lives. It’s not to provide permanent residency to anyone and everyone who would rather live in a prosperous Western country than their own.”
Tory Cabinet ministers winced as former Australian PM Tony Abbott warned Europe must use “force” to “turn boats around” and “establish camps” for migrants last night. The punchy speech at the Margaret Thatcher banquet in the Guildhall, Abbott’s first since being deposed, has been all over the Aussie press overnight, where Nigel Farage has praised him as “heroic“. One top Tory alternatively described it as “fascistic“. Iain Duncan Smith, John Whittingdale, Sajid Javid, Priti Patel, Liz Truss and Chris Grayling were among the Maggie fans present. Though IDS eschewed the black tie dress code for a photo-acceptable navy number.
UKIP’s representatives were put on the “Leon Brittan” table, though Suzanne Evans was spared an awkward evening by fortuitously being seated several tables away. Jim Davidson was uncharacteristically restrained during his speech, a rare occasion where he was not the most controversial speaker. He was followed by Jeffrey Archer, who managed to help raise £50,000 in a matter of minutes from donors in the room. “Unlike you, we now control our borders,” was the key message from Down Under…
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