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Department for International Trade: Commonwealth

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 23rd November 2016.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings he has had with representatives from Commonwealth countries since his Department was created; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The Government is currently reviewing its trade policy as the UK prepares to leave the EU. This offers us an opportunity to forge a new role for ourselves in the world: to negotiate and design, in time, our own trade arrangements, including with our 52 Commonwealth partners. We recognise the need for a smooth transition which minimises disruption to our trading relationships.

My Rt Hon Friend has held meetings with representatives of a wide range of Commonwealth countries.

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