As a conservative I am especially pleased by this government’s recent record on ensuring that our air clearer, our animals safer and our fields and seas more pristine.
After all, the countryside is one of the things that makes Britain great, and to be a conservative means, in Benjamin Disraeli’s words: ‘to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad.’ This applies to the environment as well and I sense a great determination in this government, and in particular by Michael Gove, to leave the environment in a better state for the next generation.
This week the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held jointly in London and Windsor.
The theme of this summit will be young people and how to ensure a secure, sustainable and prosperous future across the Commonwealth.
It is only natural in a democracy to have polite disagreements about political issues, even amongst close friends, family and work colleagues. On an epoch-defining issue such as Brexit this is not only expected but virtually compulsory for there to be an energetic national debate in order for a decision to have legitimacy – which is why I am so pleased that the decision to leave the EU was taken in a referendum by the people, not simply a vote in Parliament.
Nonetheless, I very much respect the views of those constituents, MPs and others who voted to remain because they sincerely back a different vision of the UK after Brexit.
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.
The UK was built on international trade and commerce and, as we leave the EU, we will re-embrace once again our historic tradition of trading with every corner of the globe. And I am constantly reminded that a key part of the future of Britain’s trade is with Africa.
Too often we view Africa mainly through the prism of foreign aid instead of as a continent with the potential to be equal partners in trade.