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Australians Could Work And Live In UK For Free And Without Visa After Brexit

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Australians Could Work And Live In UK For Free And Without Visa After Brexit

While there are loads of people who don't want Britain to leave the European Union, there could be one little silver lining for the Aussies who flock to the Commonwealth motherland every year.

After Brexit, a system could be set up to allow Aussies the right to work, travel through and live in the UK without a visa.

Britain's International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said: "We want a fully comprehensive trade deal that reflects our deep, ongoing relationship, the friendship between our two countries, the fact that Australians want to come and live and work in Britain, and Brits want to come and live and work in Australia."

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It's a pretty vague statement, however when Ms Truss was questioned on whether that meant the visa-free system, she said that it was 'certainly something we will be looking at as part of our free trade negotiations'.

Naturally, the UK is pretty keen for juicy trade deals with countries after it leaves the EU because, well, they'll certainly need it.

Ms Truss is embarking on a hefty tour across several countries to try and sure up different types of deals so that when the big Brexit day comes in October, they'll be ready.

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The International Trade Secretary added: "The reason that I have chosen to make Australia one of the first countries I have visited as trade secretary is because it is an absolute priority to get on with this trade deal.

"I would say months rather than years for it to be completed."

The deal is definitely shared by Ms Truss' Aussie counterpart Simon Birmingham, who added: "We also, as Secretary Truss rightly identified, see this as being a comprehensive and ambitious agreement.

"We see enormous opportunities in relation to the services sector, for enhanced cooperation in the UK."

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There have been steps implemented in the past few months to help Aussies get into Britain a tad easier.

In May, the UK announced measures that would allow Australians and Kiwis to use their ePassports to move through Customs, instead of having to line up and fill out a form.

The technology has been available to Australians when they return home, which relies on biometrics rather than a person behind a glass window asking questions, but now it'll be offered for us heading to the UK.

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Children aged between 12 and 17 will get access to the new technology as well, if they're accompanied by an adult, however anyone under that age will have to go through the normal method.

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