The French President Emmanuel Macron and the European Union have reportedly announced a delay in trade talks with Australia following the new AUKUS defence deal.
Australia have hit back saying that despite the previous agreement with France – worth £48 billion – they have always been clear that their priority have changed when it comes to submarine contracts.
Prime Minister Morrison said, “I had made it very clear that a conventional submarine would no longer be meeting our strategic interests and what we needed those boats to do. That had been communicated very clearly many months ago.”
The move has resulted in the EU deciding for the rest of the continent as usual and confirm that they will not continue the extensive trade talks with Australia. This is despite the fact that a centralised decision on Europe’s economy will only hurt the member states whose voters have no say in this.
Mahyar Tousi’s reaction below: