The Foreign Secretary said the UK was "absolutely are open" to joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and expanding discussions with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEA). He revealed how Britain had opened a "new mission" in Indonesia's capital Jakarta to open trade discussions. He said: "We’ve said that we are very interested in being part of the CPTPP, which I think would be a very big opportunity.
"We are interested in having any trade discussions with ASEAN. we’re opening a new mission in Jakarta precisely to enable those discussions happen on a more coordinated basis.