|Author (Corporate)||United Kingdom: Department for International Trade|
Reports of and text of a Speech delivered by the United Kingdom International Trade Secretary Liam Fox at the Manchester Town Hall on 29 September 2016.
He said that 'I believe the UK is in a prime position to become a world leader in free trade because of the brave and historic decision of the British people to leave the European Union.
Those who believe that the referendum was a sign of Britain looking inwards have it completely wrong – it is the beginning of Britain increasing its global engagement.
We are leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe and we are ready to take our place in an open, liberal and competitive globalised trading environment'.
Mr Fox said that the UK's trade with the European Union would be 'at least as free' after Brexit as it was now. Lib Dem EU spokesman Nick Clegg said Mr Fox was 'delusional' about Brexit.
On the same day Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told the BBC that the United Kingdom must not expect to end up with more rights than other countries outside the EU following Brexit negotiations.
Also on the 29 September 2016 Markus Kerber, the head of the BDI, the largest German business group, said that German firms would not push for a free trade deal between the EU and Britain after Brexit, despite the number of cars and quantities of other goods they sell in the UK.
|Subject Categories||Internal Markets, Trade|
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|