Leaving the EU: Private Sector

Dr James Davies (Vale of Clwyd):

What discussions he has had with Scottish businesses on opportunities for the private sector after the UK leaves the EU.

The Minister for Trade and Investment (Greg Hands):

The UK Government’s plan for Britain is intended to help businesses throughout the United Kingdom to trade beyond Europe, and to make Britain a leading advocate for free trade all over the world. Scotland Office Ministers have held more than 70 meetings with businesses across Scotland since last summer’s referendum, and only last month my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade was in Glasgow to meet innovative Scottish businesses that are trading with the world.

Dr Davies:

What steps is my right hon. Friend taking to support international trade and investment in the devolved nations?

Greg Hands:

We in the Department for International Trade are clear about the fact that ours is a Department for the whole United Kingdom. All our services are accessible to companies in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including the GREAT campaign and its portal GREAT.gov.uk, and the Tradeshow Access Programme. In recent months, there have been major announcements about more overseas investment in all parts of the UK.