The UK's Minister for Trade Policy will be visiting Jersey Dairy, Ports of Jersey, Digital Jersey and Jersey Finance today and tomorrow to get a better understanding of the island’s key industries.
Greg Hands MP's visit comes as the UK is looking to establish Free Trade Agreements with countries around the world following Brexit.
“The Minister will see first-hand what Jersey can offer and how we punch well above our weight in terms of what we bring to the British family. It’s important for him to understand and see the size and scope of our island so that he can represent us in free trade negotiations,” External Relations Minister Senator Ian Gorst, who will be meeting Minister Hands alongside Chief Minister Senator John Le Fondré, explained.
“It will also be an opportunity to strengthen our political relationship as we work towards securing free trade agreements.”
Minister Hands added: “Britain and Jersey share deep historical ties, and trade has always played a major role in our relationship.
“That is why I am committed to building on these ties and working together to ensure our trade deals support people and businesses in the island by opening up new opportunities in fast-growing markets across the globe from the Pacific to Asia and the Americas.”
Great to arrive in Jersey to talk about further strengthening UK-Jersey trading relationship. @GovJersey— Greg Hands (@GregHands) August 31, 2021
And best ways to include Jersey and other the Crown Dependencies in UK Free Trade Agreements.
2 days with an extensive programme!
Am looking forward to it. pic.twitter.com/1dAiVxS3Q2
He will also be meeting the Lieutenant-Governor and Bailiff during his visit.
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