Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister of former British colony Australia, says the country would like Britain to remain in the European Union. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The former British colony of Australia wants Britain to stay in the European Union, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Friday (April 1), weeks before Britain holds a referendum on EU membership. Bishop said that she told British Prime Minister David Cameron of the Australian position at a meeting in Washington DC, on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit. "While Australia acknowledges that the referendum on Brexit is a matter for the British people, Australia believes it would be in our interests if a strong United Kingdom remained part of the European Union (EU). The EU is a significant trading partner for us, a strong UK as part of the European Union, would be in Australia's interests," Bishop told reporters. Britain's entry into the Common Market in 1973 was widely considered a betrayal in Australia, upending decades of tradition and a host of tariff agreements. But now Britain takes only 2.5 percent of Australia's exports, while China takes more than 31 percent. Britain holds a referendum on EU membership on June 23.