Brussels, farewell! A happy Brexiteer lays forth the UK’s amazing global trade prospects.
After severing links with the EU and all its attendant red tape, Brexiteer and former Labour Party MP Baroness Hoey has stated that Britain may now strive to create long-term, mutually beneficial trade arrangements with countries outside the bloc.
The peer, who formerly served as the MP for Vauxhall until the general election, was named Britain’s new trade envoy to Ghana earlier this month. She also told this website that by cutting out the EU as a middleman, Brexit would help Britain put an end to Brussels’ abuse of underdeveloped countries.
We haven’t taken advantage of these chances in the past since we were bound by EU regulations.
Baroness Hoey is a member of the House of Lords.
“I believe the point of it is that we’re no longer going to look to the European Union as being the be-all-and-end-all and everything,” Ms Hoey, a former minister under ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair who served her constituency first for Labour and then as an independent, said.
“And so, the more we can persuade people in this nation to think about the world outside of the European Union, given that it hasn’t turned out to be the huge disaster that everyone predicted, the better.”
“We haven’t taken these possibilities in the past because we were so bound by EU rules,” she said.
Ghana, whose official language is English, is an ideal fit for the UK, according to Ms Hoey.
Its proximity to the United Kingdom, which is only a five-and-a-half-hour flight away, also made it a natural partner, she added.
“I would most likely come later this year,” she said, “but the first thing we need to do is get to know the Ghanaian business diaspora community.”
Ms Hoey, whose unpaid work will entail establishing contacts and organising meetings between representatives from both countries, stressed that the benefits were reciprocal.
Ghana, for example, sold £1.16 billion worth of cocoa beans in 2019, but they were processed into cocoa powder and cocoa butter elsewhere.
“This is something we mentioned when we were fighting to leave,” Ms Hoey said.
“They grow the cocoa, and then Germany or somewhere else buys it and profits from it.
“Many of those poor countries could export cocoa but couldn’t.”Brinkwire Summary News”.