Speaking in the Queen’s Speech debate on Britain’s Place in the World, Mr Howell said: “Let me be as positive as my right hon. Friend about our place in the world. This Government have made a big effort to encourage investment from Israel and to encourage bilateral treaties with it”.
He asked the International Development Secretary: “What will happen about that in the future, and how will we take it forward?”
Secretary of State for DfID, Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma MP said in response: “I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for the work he does as a trade envoy in Africa. He has talked about trade deals in the future. We are, of course, having relentlessly positive discussions about those, but, as I have said, we must first make sure that we get Brexit done before we move on to the next stage of this agenda”.
UK-Israel trade ties have now reached a record high of over $10 billion.