[21 January/NZ Herald]

While in London, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern acknowledged if Britain left the European Union (EU) on 29 March with a hard exit and no deal in place, it would be damaging for New Zealand businesses. If this scenario eventuates the New Zealand government’s focus would be on supporting businesses through the shift. Ms Ardern suggested that once Britain is in a post-Brexit environment that NZ would be in a position to negotiate a free trade agreement. The Prime Minister is currently overseas, first meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May before heading to Switzerland for the World Economic Forum and then to Brussels to talk to top EU officials.