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Iceland and UK Foreign Ministers to Meet on Trade

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Iceland and UK Foreign Ministers to Meet on Trade

A cargo ship with containers.

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, the Icelandic foreign minister, will meet his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, this month and discuss future relations between the two nations following Brexit.

The Icelandic minister says he is positive about how the meeting will go, saying that the goal on the Icelandic side is emphasizing to Johnson Iceland’s desire to gain even better access to the British market than it has today, Vísir reports.

He points to the desired goal of British authorities, to create free trade agreements with as many countries as possible, as a very positive sign for Iceland—as the UK remains the world’s fifth-biggest economy.

He says it would be unthinkable for Iceland to have no access to the large British market.

“We don’t have full access to the British market now. We have tolls on various products, for example fish. The UK is one of our most important trading partners and has been for much longer than their time in the EU,” Guðlaugur told reporters.

According to the minister, there is plenty of time to work on a deal and that this month’s meeting with Boris is first and foremost about assessing the two countries’ situations and bilateral ambitions.

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