Philip Davies MP underlined the “immense” potential for increased trade between the UK and Israel following Brexit, asking: “Does the Minister share my hope for yet greater levels of trade with the start-up nation, and will he update the House on the progress being made by the UK-Israel trade working group?”
Mr Stuart emphasised that “the relationship between the UK and Israel is stronger than ever, with record levels of bilateral co-operation in trade, investment, science and technology”. He said that the UK-Israel trade working group was making “good progress” on ensuring continuity in the trading relationship as the United Kingdom withdraws from Europe.
Jim Shannon MP, from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) also raised concerns regarding the upcoming Israel Apartheid Week, and asked the Minister how he intended to continue to enhance trade to offset the anti-Israel boycott movement. Mr Stuart reiterated that the Government “strongly welcomes their ties with Israel” and will continue “to liaise closely with the Israeli Government to strengthen trade, investment and other ties between this country and Israel”.
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