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Boosting UK international trade

14 November 2022 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Rt Hon Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

UK international trade is suffering badly from Brexit, the pandemic, the Ukraine/Russia war, supply chain problems and inflation. So, the Industry Forum invited Shadow International Trade Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds to lead a roundtable on ‘Boosting UK international trade’. The meeting was in the City offices of @Workday the fast-growing, US enterprise software company. @James Johns, head of corporate affairs at @Workday welcomed Nick Thomas-Symonds and representatives from a range of European and US companies to the meeting. Some of the key issues discussed concerned regulating data transfer and storage with the EU and the US, the need for improved trade arrangements with the EU, and the opportunities to work with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to support overseas trade. There was wide agreement that the UK, international trade strategy should focus on UK strengths including services and education, and link to an ambitious green programme for the economy. Nick Thomas-Symonds confirmed that his plans for international trade include working in lockstep with Labour’s well-received industrial strategy ‘Prosperity Through Partnership’.