New Zealand PM eyes independence from Britain ahead of coronation trip

NEW Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said yesterday he would like to see his country become independent from Britain as he departed Auckland on the 24-hour flight to London to attend the coronation of King Charles III this weekend, reported UPI.

Hipkins made the comments to reporters ahead of the visit in which he will meet British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to fast-forward the two countries’ February 2022 Free Trade Agreement, which will grant duty-free access for meat and dairy products, New Zealand’s top exports.