Member of Parliament for The Cotswolds - Geoffrey Clifton-Brown - today reiterated to the Prime Minister - Rt Hon. Theresa May MP - that Brexit offers an excellent chance for British SMEs to export around the globe. This was highlighted by the following exchange in the House of Commons:
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) (Con):
'With 80% of small and medium-sized enterprises reluctant to export, does my right hon. Friend agree that the prospect of Brexit gives those firms-particularly those from Scotland-a golden opportunity to use the great British entrepreneurial spirit to go out into the world and succeed?'
The Prime Minister:
'My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Small businesses and entrepreneurs are essential to an economy that is working for everyone. The opportunity that comes from Brexit is to see those firms go out and export across the world, and to do those trade deals that will be of benefit to them, to their communities and to our economy. We want to encourage more businesses to go out there and export. That is exactly what my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade is doing. This is an important part of building a stronger, fairer Britain for the future.'
As the Chair of the APPG for International Trade & Investment, Mr Clifton-Brown frequently lobbies the Government to encourage British firms to export their goods and services internationally.
Commenting afterwards Mr Clifton-Brown said:
'Since 2007, UK export performance has been stronger outside the EU than within the Single Market. Forging new trade partnerships outside of the EU will certainly be challenging but with this Government's policy of promoting British trade across international markets I am confident that British small and medium-sized enterprises will prosper in the years ahead.'
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