Promoting trade is at the heart of my mission as an MEP for the West Midlands, the manufacturing heartland of the UK.
Trade is the central focus of the UK in Europe, it is why we joined the common market in 1973, and the West Midlands has always been a region geared to exporting the best British products to the global market.
We are a trading nation to our core, and we continue to lead in pushing for new free trade agreements between the EU and the rest of the world, enabling successful British businesses to practice commerce across the globe.
Conservative MEPs are consistently the strongest voices in the European Parliament in support of new free trade deals. We must scrutinise these agreements carefully to ensure they provide a good deal for Britain, but our starting point should always be what can this deal achieve, not how can we limit it to the minimum possible scope.
As an MEP, if we can negotiate good agreements for Britain, I want to see a new comprehensive transatlantic free trade area, with deals reached with the USA and Canada and an updated free trade agreement with Mexico. The economic potential of this vast free market area to drive growth and set global standards cannot be understated.
I also want to see us trading more with the emerging giant economies of the future, West Midlands businesses are already experiencing enormous success in the likes of China, India and Brazil, and with new free trade deals and subsequent deeper access into these vast growing consumer markets our region can prosper even more.
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