Brexit LIVE: Liz Truss says UK set for ‘roaring twenties’ Brexit-boom outside EU

India trade deal ‘not possible’ without Brexit says Liz Truss

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The International Trade Secretary said she had seen some “fantastic economic forecasts” for the UK in the coming months ahead as she praised British businesses “incredible” adaptation to Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boris Johnson’s trade secretary claimed the EU’s trade policy was “defensive and not focused on opportunities” as she reflected on Britain’s departure from the EU.

Ms Truss continued: “I think we are able to be more and more nimble.

“The British, the Union Jack is one of the most recognised symbols in the world, it is a sign of quality.

“We know that it commands a premium in markets like the United States and Asia and I think we have been held back by being part of a bloc which sometimes looks at the downsides rather than the upsides.”

The International Trade Secretary also claimed to the Mail on Sunday she thought it was “always the case” that Brussels “didn’t want us to leave.”

Looking ahead into a future post-Brexit world, she said: “We now need to move to a grown-up relationship where we are trading partners in the same way that we are trading partners with the United States and we’re trading partners with Japan, and that’s the type of relationship we want to move to.

“I think it’s in the EU’s interest to have that mindset.”


She concluded: “We were very clear that when Brexit took place there would be additional processes that businesses had to undertake.

“We were told there would be desperate scenes at Channel ports and it would all be a disaster.

“Those tales of Armageddon haven’t happened.”


8am update: Brexit helped Tories ‘Super Thursday’ election success 

Environment Secretary George Eustice said Brexit and the success of the vaccine rollout had helped the Conservatives to win votes off Labour at the Super Thursday elections.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “When it comes to the really big breakthrough in the Hartlepool by-election and the election of Ben Houchen as well (as Tees Valley Mayor), I think really it is a case of parts of this country feel they have elected Labour for a very long time, they feel taken for granted.

“I think the Brexit decision and the wrangling over that in recent years has focused minds in that they have questioned whether the Labour Party was really in touch with their priorities.”

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