The Australian Government has confirmed that it will not allow the country to join the European Union.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the Government has not decided what it will do but will look at it after the election.

“I want to make it very clear that the Government is not yet making any final decisions about its position, but I can confirm that the government will not join the EU,” he said.

“We are fully independent of the EU and have a very strong position in the international community and in Australia.”

That position is that we will not be bound by the terms of any agreement that might be made.

“The Government will also not be involved in the creation of the euro or the EU’s financial regulation.

Mr Turnbull says he is “not yet” sure if he will be able to form a coalition with the Palmer United Party, which has ruled the state for years.”

If there is an election after next week, I’m not sure whether there will be a Government, but there will still be an election,” he told reporters on Tuesday.”

In the meantime I have to ask: do I really need a Government in the first place?

“I think I’ve made my position clear.

I’m in the process of looking at all options.”‘

It’s a great honour’The Australian Government will not sign up to the EU but Mr Turnbull says it has been a “great honour” to serve as Prime Minister for the last 10 years.

Mr Joyce says he will remain in office through the election and that he is confident he can remain in his role as PM through to 2020.

“My priority is the good of the Australian people and I’m confident that I can deliver on that,” he says.

Mr Abbott has said he wants to leave the EU, while Mr Turnbull has said that he will not.

“The people of Australia deserve to have their voices heard, they deserve to be heard, and they deserve an Australian Government that listens to them,” Mr Turnbull said.

Topics:government-and-politics,government-institutions,government,european-union,world-politics-and/or-government-of-australiaFirst posted November 10, 2019 12:50:04Contact Nicola MancusoMore stories from Western Australia

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