Commonwealth: Trade Agreements

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 10th March 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which other Commonwealth countries he plans to prioritise for trade agreements after the UK has left the EU.

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

We already enjoy excellent trading relationships with our Commonwealth partners, and we are committed to strengthening these relationships further. We have announced that we are starting preparatory discussions on our future trading relationships with Australia, New Zealand and India. So far this year my Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade has visited Canada and Singapore. This month the UK is co-hosting, with Malta, the inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers’ meeting in London. This will be an excellent opportunity to promote greater trade and investment within the Commonwealth.

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