International Trade Minister Mark Garnier has underlined that the UK is committed to strengthening its “strong and important” trading relationship with Israel, stating that both governments “liaise closely” on maximising future trade opportunities.
Minister Garnier confirmed that as the UK leaves the European Union, it will seek “to replicate” the existing EU-Israel Association Agreement and have established a joint trade working group between the two countries.
He said: “We continue to liaise closely with the Israeli Government on maximising future trade opportunities and ensuring a smooth transition for business, as we leave the EU”.
The MP for Wyre Forest emphasised that “the UK and Israel have a strong and important trading relationship” and “are committed to strengthening that relationship”.
He added that the UK has “a dedicated team based in our Embassy in Tel Aviv which actively promotes trade cooperation between UK and Israeli companies” and has established the UK Israel Tech Hub, which “helps to create partnerships between British companies and world class Israeli innovators across a wide range of tech sectors, including agriculture”.
The Minister’s comments came in response to written questions from DUP MP Jim Shannon this week, who asked what steps the Secretary of State for International Trade is taking “to encourage and facilitate trade cooperation between the UK and Israel”.
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