With a couple of weeks of reflection, there have been literally lots of comings and goings in the UK government and opposition.
Everyone in the corridors of power seems quite confident that Britain will ‘remain’ an integral part of Europe, outside of the European Union, with no definitive mention of how that is actually going to happen quite yet.
Theresa May, Britain’s new Prime Minister, was clear about the importance of international trade in her maiden speech (1>>):
‘I know because we’re Great Britain, that we will rise to the challenge. As we leave the European Union, we will forge a bold new positive role for ourselves in the world’.
She states her main aim on Brexit:
‘I have been very clear that this government will make a success of our exit from the European Union. One of the ways we will do this is by embracing the opportunities to strike free trade deals with our partners across the globe.’
So, with an interesting appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, during his first public outing in Brussels, he announced (2>>):
‘We have to give effect to the will of the people and leave the European Union. But that in no sense means we are leaving Europe. We are not going to be in any way abandoning our leading role in European participation and co-operation of all kinds.’
And to back this up in practical terms, it’s all change. There is a newly appointed Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, which must at least indicate the importance the new government attaches to global trade overall, which is some good news. The newly formed Department of International Trade states its remit as (3>>):
‘We are responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to us.’
Indeed, there are massive opportunities to do business all around the world, especially with the pound’s lower value making our exports more attractive. Now is the time to export.
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This is the fourth article in the series: Brexit Britain – Now Is The Time To Export. Check out the other articles in the series: