These proud islands are “blessed,” Penny Mordaunt talks up Brexit Britain as we continue to make deals around the world.

According to a government minister, post-Brexit Britain offers “huge” advantages in terms of international commercial agreements.

These proud islands are “blessed,” Penny Mordaunt talks up Brexit Britain as we continue to make deals around the world.

Minister of State for Commercial Policy Penny Mordaunt said that the government is “deepening” trade relations throughout the globe and that the Free Trade Agreements are being “exploited.” The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth North said that she has been negotiating trade agreements with different US states in order to eliminate “barriers” to business.

Praising the United Kingdom, Ms Mordaunt said that the country is rich in entrepreneurial “imagination and ingenuity.”

In The Telegraph, she wrote: “International trade has always been a defining characteristic of what it means to be British.”

“The accident of these islands being blessed with long, navigable rivers, never more than 45 miles from tidal waters, meant that Britain was always a natural international trading nation.”

“Our forefathers negotiated trade agreements that made us part of the Hanseatic League, and they improved and overlaid our infrastructure with ports, canals, bridges, roads, and airports.”

“For Britain, the sea was the internet before the internet. It meant you were never far from new ideas, new places and different people.”

“Our first pioneers in trade harnessed new infrastructure and technologies. They learnt to hustle.”

“Since Brexit, UK businesses have once again adapted to new systems and ambitions.”

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U.K. free trade deal with Australia

“The Government is deepening trade ties around the world, but it is business that will capitalise on that.” 

Ms Mordaunt continued to expand on new free trade agreements for Britain, particularly with our biggest trading partner, the US.

She continued: “Typically, our entrepreneurial companies love change, for it allows them to challenge the status quo.”

“Indeed our new free trade agreements (FTAs) are already being exploited: because of Brexit – not despite it – Britain is still one of the largest recipients of foreign direct investment in the world.”

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“Now the most entrepreneurial cultures are impatient for us to go further, including the businesses of our biggest trading partner, the United States.”

“While it is for governments to conclude top-down FTAs (and we continue to work to secure that with the US), there is much we can do to roll the pitch before reaching that point.”

“Accordingly, I have been going bottom up, state by state, to promote UK trade and remove barriers for business.”

“The bulk of trade regulation in America sits with individual states, and 93 percent of the country’s economic growth resides in its metro areas.”

“This makes city mayors as relevant to trade as state governors. They are flexible, practical, welcoming and locally interested.”

When asked about the prospects afforded by Brexit, she said that they will be discovered anywhere there is “competence, flexibility, and imagination”.

“If a deal with another country isn’t yet possible at the national level, then Britain will not be sitting still.”

“We can build out our relationships with individual states and regions in such a way as to be mutually supportive of an FTA when it comes.”

“We can help, but not without the imagination and ingenuity of enterprise. Fortunately, Britain has an abundance of it.”

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