Liam Fox launches new group to ensure business is consulted “every step of the way” over post-Brexit trade policy

Liam Fox launches new group to ensure business is consulted “every step of the way” over post-Brexit trade policy

The International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, has today convened a meeting of a new consultative group bringing together the country’s five biggest business organisations.

The group has been created to ensure that voices representing businesses of all sizes and from every sector of the British economy are involved with the formulation of post-Brexit trade and export policy at the Department for International Trade.

A meeting of the Business Representative Organisations Trade Group (BROTG) has taken place this afternoon at the department and was attended by senior figures from:

  • The British Chambers of Commerce
  • The Confederation of British Industry
  • The Engineering Employers’ Federation
  • The Federation of Small Businesses
  • The Institute of Directors

Dr Fox discussed the UK’s future trade policy and export strategy with the group, while Crawford Falconer, the recently-appointed Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser at the department, updated attendees on the Government’s Trade White Paper, published earlier in October. The business leaders also shared their priorities for the Government’s new Export Strategy, which is aiming to drive a renewed culture of exporting across the UK.

The remit of the BROTG is to ensure businesses are kept up to date with the work of the department and Dr Fox has committed to meet the group regularly so that they can be involved “every step of the way” in boosting exports, promoting free trade and helping to shape future trade policy post-Brexit.

Dr Fox said of the new initiative: “For hundreds of years Britain has led the world in recognising the huge potential of free trade and promoting its benefits to other countries. Our brilliant businesses and entrepreneurs put that theory into practice: criss-crossing the globe, striking deals and generating wealth for every part of the UK. Leaving the EU will create enormous opportunities to boost exports and expand our trade with the world, and as an international economic department I am determined business leaders are involved every step of the way.”

Crawford Falconer added: “For the first time in over 40 years the UK can shape its own trade policy and take advantage of the 90% of global trade that is forecast to be conducted outside of the EU across the next 20 years. As the Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser, it’s my job to lead a world class trade team to negotiate trade agreements that benefit the whole of the UK. I want to hear the views of business groups, but I also want them to play their part – so their members and consumers alike can understand the benefits of free trade.”