I’m pleased to announce that I have taken on the role of parliamentary Co-convener of the UK Trade and Business Commission until the next general election.
I’ve been a member of the Commission since it was set up by Best for Britain in April 2021 to scrutinise the UK’s post-Brexit trading arrangements with Europe and the rest of the world. It’s cross-party, with representatives from every party in the House of Commons, and cross-industry with a wide range of business leaders.
I’ll be working alongside the business Co-convener, and Chairman of the Virgin Group, Peter Norris, who is a powerful advocate for businesses large and small.
Most recently, the Commission has published a blueprint for policymakers, which provides solutions to the barriers to trade and growth for the UK’s businesses and consumers. The blueprint is informed by the UK’s largest post-Brexit trade consultation, with live evidence from 234 witnesses across economic sectors and written evidence from over 200 organizations.
Our recommendations include beneficial regulatory alignment with the EU, reciprocal youth mobility visas, and the importance of skills development and inward investment for future UK trade deals.