Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia wants Britain to stay in the European Union. The statement was made weeks before Britain holds a referendum on EU membership.

According to Bishop, UK would be strong as a part of the European Union. While talking to the press in Washington she also added that UK as a part of the European Union would be in Australia’s interest, says Daily Mail.

While attending the Nuclear Security Summit, she had talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron. During a meeting at the summit she informed Cameron of Australia’s position regarding the issue.

“The EU is a significant trading partner for us – a strong UK as part of the European Union would be in Australia’s interests,” she said.

Britain is holding a referendum on EU membership on June 23, says Herald Sun.

People who are supporting Britain’s exit from the European Union argue that “family ties” with Commonwealth members such as Australia could make up for the partial loss of Europe’s 444 million customers.

In 1973, Britain’s entry into the Common Market was widely criticised as it was considered a betrayal in Australia. The action disregarded years of tradition and a host of tariff agreements.

Presently, Britain takes only 2.5 percent of Australia’s exports, while China takes more than 31 percent.

A Conservative Member of Parliament, David Davis, marked their ambitions in a latest speech. David is known to be a die-hard ‘Eurosceptic’.

“This is an opportunity to renew our strong relationships with Commonwealth and Anglosphere countries,” he said.

He also said that the Commonwealth and Anglosphere sections of the world are growing faster than Europe. According to him, they share history, culture, language and similar legal systems.

He believes that the common trade barriers are also absent between them .

While applications for British citizenship from other EU nationals living in the UK increased, the British Prime Minister tried to get a crackdown on the benefits of EU migrants.