Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has asked the Government a series of Parliamentary Questions concerning international trade to uncover what steps the Government is taking to prepare the UK for its departure from the European Union.
They have shone a light on a series of actions being taken by the Government to utilise technology and diplomatic relations to promote international trade and enable businesses to make the most of the new opportunities that withdrawing from the European Union’s Customs Union will bring.
Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed unemployment statistics today showing that the British jobs miracle is continuing unabated. Despite analysts predicting a decrease in employment of 13,000, the number of people employed rose by 102,000. The value of the Pound rose to $1.42, equivalent to its value before the UK voted to leave the EU.
The same was true of Windsor, were unemployment hit a fresh low of 405, or 0.7%. Windsor, traditionally in the lowest 10% of constituencies for unemployment, is now in the lowest 3% of constituencies!
As a nation we’ve become pretty good at recognising major public safety hazards and tackling them over time. Smoking is a case in point with a gradual escalation of measures from Government and over 1.5 million people taking part in Stoptober since 2011. Combined with a permissive attitude to electronic vaping devices, more than 10 million people have stopped smoking, including myself and literally hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved.
Why then have we not been equally concerned about the dangers of loneliness and social isolation? A meta-study of over 180,000 people by the University of York in 2016 found that social isolation was associated with a 29% higher risk of a heart attack and a 32% higher risk of a stroke – comparable to the effects of smoking or obesity.
From 13th January 2018 the government will be making an important change to banking that I would urge everyone to take advantage of it if they can.
For over a year the government has been working on a step-change banking reform to aide consumers in switching banks.
It has been a hectic week for Brexit. The Government made an enormous breakthrough in our negotiations with the EU, both reaffirming our realistic red lines for withdrawal and the joint resolve by the UK and EU Governments to find a solution.
I am positive as ever that a positive negotiated settlement will be reached that will enable the UK to leave the EU (including the Single Market and Customs Union) in an orderly fashion, enabling us to both trade with the EU and strike trade agreements with countries across the world.