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Ahead of a meeting with his Australian counterpart, Marise Payne, in Canberra on Thursday, the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that Britain is prepared to discuss an early trade deal with Payne.

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Australia is a natural partner and we are ready to negotiate a comprehensive trade deal.

We have a multi-billion-pound trade relationship with investment in both directions supporting jobs and growth in both economies. The scope for win-win is huge.

Raab is on a visit to Australia, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia over the next few days, in an effort to seek free trade deals now that the UK has left the European Union (EU).

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