26 August 2017

Liam Fox’s Brussels stand ‘parking the tanks on EU’s lawn’

by David Scullion

Originally published by Brexit Central.

Liam Fox has approved a stand at the Eurostar terminal in Brussels to promote Britain’s exporting prowess in an act described as ‘parking the tanks on the EU’s lawn’.

The UK Trade Department’s ‘GREAT’ campaign has negotiated a six-month contract with Brussels Midi railway station to promote billions of pounds worth of exports the department helped to secure.

Speaking to BrexitCentral, the Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski spoke of his delight at the decision, saying:

“The old department for UK Trade and Investment was in hibernation for decades and there was no government interest in exporting globally.

“But now Brexit has focused the Government and private sector on the huge exporting opportunity overseas.

“At present, people will continue travel to Brussels in great numbers as the capital of the EU but now they have the opportunity to see the UK’s world class exports.

“It’s a great opportunity to park the tanks on the EU’s lawn.”

So far, the campaign has helped to make £2.7bn for the UK and is active in more than 144 countries worldwide like India, Brazil and South Korea.

The stand will be visible at the Brussels station until December this year in addition to nearly 300 cities worldwide.

The latest trade statistics show exports have jumped 5.8% since 2015 and the UK attracted more foreign direct investment projects than ever since the referendum.

The Formula 1 McLaren driver Stoffell Vandoorne even stopped to pose in front of the branding after it was announced he will race for a second year with the British team for 2018.

Last year every F1 race was won by British built cars and six out of the ten teams in the championship have their HQ or a base in the UK.

International Trade Minister Mark Garnier said:

“As an international economic department, we are driving forward trade opportunities with the world as we look to leave the EU and we have attracted more foreign direct investment projects than ever before, creating and safeguarding hundreds of thousands of jobs.

“Through this campaign, we’re making the most of every chance to promote the UK as an ideal destination for investment – including as a world centre for motorsport. We will continue to fly the flag for the country and make clear we are open for business.”