Britain is "scoping" free trade deals with a dozen countries outside the European Union in time for Brexit on January 1, 2019, it was revealed today.
In a phone call to the PM that was new, her Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull said he desperately needed to open up trading between both nations.
"Clearly our free trade arrangements with the United Kingdom are with the European community, so as Britain leaves the EU, what we will need to do is negotiate direct arrangements with Britain", he told reporters in Sydney. May called it an "encouraging" sign for Britain's successful post-Brexit future that a partner such as Australia was already seeking a free-trade deal. Under the bloc's rules, European Union nationals can move freely among member states, and Britain has seen its population swelled by hundreds of thousands of arrivals in recent years.
"Australia is also one of the core members of the Commonwealth, a group of 53 countries historically linked to Britain".
"We may have to say that the right to indefinite leave to remain protection only applies before a certain date", Davis said in a separate interview with the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech after arriving at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain on July 13, 2016.
On Friday, Mrs May told Ms Sturgeon she would not trigger Article 50 before getting a UK-wide agreement.
Philip Hammond, the former foreign secretary and newly appointed Chancellor, has previously said that Britain is willing to hire trade negotiators from "wherever" it can in the world.
Meanwhile, the new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson - who along with Davis and Liam Fox is one of the "Three Brexiteers" appointed to May's cabinet this week - has reassured Gibraltarians they have nothing to fear from Brexit.
"The aim here is to try to address the concerns of people who are basically Remain people, who say "well we are worried about inward investment, we are worried about trade with Europe, we are worried about all sorts of things".
Mr Davis claims many leaders of European Union countries share British fears about the direction Jean-Claude Juncker and other EU bigwigs are heading in towards a European superstate.
"Those personalities that campaign for Brexit are now obligated and responsible to make the decision a reality", Steinmeier told Reuters.