Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia will work towards a new trade agreement with Britain as it prepares to leave the European Union.
Speaking on Sunday, Turnbull said he spoke with new British Prime Minister Theresa May to congratulate her on taking the UK's top job and open talks on trade.
"I... spoke yesterday with the new Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May, and congratulated her on her appointment as Prime Minister. We did discuss a free trade agreement," he told reporters in Sydney.
"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.
"We need to get moving on that quickly."
The PM was in Sydney on Sunday for the return of HMAS Darwin from the Middle East.
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HMAS Darwin returns after 7 months in Middle East & we thank the ship's company and the families who support them. pic.twitter.com/404pJUFv4d— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) July 17, 2016