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Josh Frydenberg calls Australia 'island of tranquillity' amid Brexit 'chaos'

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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says Australia is looking positively tranquil compared to the chaos in the United Kingdom.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says Australia is looking "tranquil" compared to the chaos enveloping Britain.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in damage control after British MPs voted against his no-deal Brexit and a snap federal election.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) and Australian Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) and Australian Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
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"Australia is looking like an island of tranquillity in comparison to what's going on there in the United Kingdom," Mr Frydenberg told Sky News on Thursday.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has gone further still, describing Mr Johnson wrangling "a bagful of angry cats" as he tries to break the UK away from the European Union.

The treasurer encouraged Mr Johnson to draw inspiration from his political hero Winston Churchill, "the man who single-handedly changed history".

"I think he'll have to channel the great man right now and fight them on the beaches - not over the channel - but he'll be having to fight his political opponents there at home," Mr Frydenberg said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
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Ironically, Winston Churchill's grandson Nicholas Soames has spectacularly quit British politics after Mr Johnson expelled him from the Conservative Party.

Mr Soames was among 21 Tory rebels who defied the government on a vital vote against a no-deal Brexit.

Australia's treasurer is focused on the silver lining of the dark Brexit clouds.

"We value deeply the relationship we have with the United Kingdom, and we see really good economic opportunities with a post-Brexit Britain, particularly a free trade agreement," Mr Frydenberg said.

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