More work needed on UK trade deal: Tehan

A trade deal between Australia and Britain may not be reached, before Scott Morrison leaves the UK.
A trade deal between Australia and Britain may not be reached, before Scott Morrison leaves the UK.

A free trade agreement between Australia and the UK may not be finalised during Prime Minister Scot Morrison's visit to London for talks with Boris Johnson.

Mr Morrison is currently in the UK as a guest of the G7 leaders meeting and will have separate talks in London with Mr Johnson early this week.

Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan said enormous progress has been made on a trade agreement in the past six weeks since he went to the UK.

"We will continue discussions over the next 24, 48 hours in the hope of reaching an agreement," Mr Tehan told Sky News' Sunday Agenda program.

"But we have said all along that we want this to be an agreement of substance, we want to make sure it is in Australia's national interest and if we need to be patient we will be patient."

He said there is still a number of issues that need to be worked through - on agriculture, services and investment - and Australia wants to make sure that the agreement in principle document has everything in it.

Mr Tehan still hopes to be in position to sign an in-principal agreement in the next couple of days.

"But if we need more time, we will take more time," he said.

Australian Associated Press