A number of constituents have been sending me campaign postcards stating their wish to see trade benefit the world’s poorest.
Following our decision to leave the EU, the UK now has the ability to shape its own trade policy. There will be many opportunities and responsibilities that come with this. We must now capitalise on harnessing new export opportunities, attracting inward investment and building UK dynamism by making the UK the best place in the world to do business.
I agree with you that, alongside the great opportunities increased trade brings to this country, we must ensure that developing nations share in these benefits. I have always believed that free trade is one of the most powerful tools we have to help those in the greatest need around the world. Research shows that trade is one of the best liberators of global poverty, as seen in China and India. I know that the Government and International Trade Secretary intend for the UK to be a global advocate for free trade, and through this improve the outlook for the poorest nations.