MP for Windsor
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Bracknell News Column: Wednesday, 19 July 2017

It’s going to be a busy summer for Ministers, Trade Commissioners and Trade Envoys as new trading relationships are forged and old ones redefined as we leave the EU.

Brexit Minister, David Davis, will have his work cut out in a gruelling series of meetings and document exchanges and, no doubt, responding to various leaks and briefings by those seeking to gain the upper hand.

The groundwork to support his efforts is in place. First, the people voted to leave the EU in the referendum. Second, Parliament voted to empower the Government to trigger Article 50. Third, the Prime Minister gave notice to the EU that we are leaving. Now the Repeal Bill has been published and will repeal the European Communities Act and ensure that control of our laws returns to the UK.

We will also see supplementary legislation to control immigration, set up a new customs system and continue with our international obligations.

Taken together these steps form a comprehensive plan for Britain’s future. The next round of talks, led by David Davis, will get deep into the substance of what needs to be agreed in a mutually beneficial way.

I am particularly pleased that the rights of British and EU citizens is the first priority, so that people can quickly get the re-assurance they need to plan for their futures. The idea that post-Brexit Britain would shun the EU citizens was always a bogus argument and it’s good to see the fears being laid to rest.

Above all, I’m delighted that we have a re-invigorated outward-looking approach to international trade. As the Prime Minister’s trade to Ghana, and having visited other parts of West Africa, it is quite clear to me that our friends abroad are crying out for closer trade a diplomatic relations with the UK.

With Brexit underway, we are now in a position to begin to satisfy the demand for UK investment, goods, services and expertise overseas. We are also able to champion free-trade arrangements from the US to Africa, Asia and Australia and the mutually beneficial boost to jobs and prosperity they bring.

Clearly there will be bumps in the road and an undulating running commentary before a final exit deal is agreed. But I am confident that the Government has the right plan for an internationalist and outward facing Britain and a mutually beneficial deal with our EU friends.

Windsor MP asks question on diplomacy

On Tuesday 11th July Adam asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for an update on what the Government is doing to strengthen Britain’s diplomatic relations with foreign countries (12:28:50 – 12:29:30):

 

Foreign and Commonwealth Questions, 11th July:

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): It is striking that Commonwealth countries trade 25% more with each other at a cost that is 19% lower than with non-Commonwealth countries. Does the Minister agree that, as we leave the EU, we have a great opportunity to boost our mutual trade and security interests by enhancing our diplomatic relations with Ghana and other Commonwealth countries?

Rory Stewart MP (Minister for Africa): I pay tribute to my hon. Friend, who is our Trade Envoy to Ghana. Ghana is one of the most impressive recent developments in Africa, with three recent transitions of democratic power and a rapidly growing economy. It is a huge example of how the Commonwealth can become one of the great success stories of Britain’s next five years, as we move towards the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

 

Windsor MP welcomes foreign direct investment

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed recently announced figures that have shown a growing appetite for foreign firms and individuals to invest in Britain’s growing economy.

In the last financial year, over 100,000 jobs were created or safeguarded through Foreign Direct Investment and Britain remained the largest source of inward investment in Europe.

Windsor MP welcomes the Africa Free Trade Initiative Final Report

This week the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade out of Poverty (APPG-TOP) launched its Final Report into its inquiry on the UK’s Africa Free Trade Initiative (AFTi).

The AFTi was started in 2011 by the Government to explore ways to help African countries integrate into the world trade system. For the last five years it has provided support to both individual African governments and regional integration efforts, as well as informing various British Government Departments in their interactions with African governments to improving trade conditions in Africa.

To mark the fifth anniversary of the AFTi the APPG-TOP launched an inquiry to assess the progress and achievements of the AFTi so far. The Final Report also contains more recommendations to improve trade within Africa and with the rest of the world through cutting barriers to trade, improving infrastructure and encouraging greater use of technology to increase Africa’s participation in the digital economy.

The Final Report into the AFTi has also noted that Britain’s recent referendum on leaving the European Union has strengthened the arguments for deepening the partnership between the UK and Africa on trade, investment and development.

 

The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie welcomed the new report:

“Trade, not aid, is the silver bullet to helping developing countries create wealth and build a path to prosperity to the living standards we enjoy in the western world.

“The AFTi has greatly contributed to the discussion on reducing trade barriers within and to trading with Africa and I hope that these recommendations on cutting tariffs and dissolving the red tape that gums up trade are taken on board.

“The inquiries’ focus on technology and the digital economy is of particular interest because the UK has significant strengths in this area that can assist African participation through mutually beneficial trade partnerships.

“As the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana, I greatly look forward to the post-Brexit opportunities to build a non-discriminatory immigration system outside the EU, strike trade deals with fast growing economies and pursue closer links across the globe.”

 

ENDS

  1. Adam Afriyie is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana.
  2. He has a strong background in science, technology and innovation.
  3. He is currently Chairman of the Fintech APPG, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and President of the Conservative Technology Forum (CTF).
  4. He was shadow Minister for Science from 2007-2010 and has a background in the information services and technology sector.
  5. The Final Report can be viewed on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade out of Poverty here.