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International Trade Secretary Liz Truss this morning held a phone call with her New Zealand counterpart to try and add fresh momentum to negotiations after talks stalled.
The UK was hoping talks could have been wrapped up by Easter but the pace of progress has since slowed.
Those close to the talks described the phone call between Ms Truss and New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor as “positive”.
Officials say the talks will intensify with the chief negotiators meeting on a monthly basis.
The next round of formal negotiations have been set for the start of June, with a further round of talks already scheduled for in July.
Officials said both sides “committed to accelerating the process” in the phone call and were hopeful of finalising an agreement in the coming months,
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