By Oriel Petry –
Director for UK Trade and Investment (now Department for International Trade) France at the British Embassy
Following the results of June’s referendum, we are putting the machinery of government behind forging a new Global Britain. The Government has created a dedicated Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and our department, the new Department for International Trade (DIT). These will work together with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). My team will retain both its objectives and its crucial part at the heart of the British Embassy network in France.
For us at International Trade and Investment, our mission is clear: we will continue to promote Britain as open for business, by accompanying companies to invest in the UK and, in time, negotiating new trade agreements. The French part of this work will be coordinated on a day-to-day basis by my colleagues and me on the ground here in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon. We will continue to provide direct support to British and French businesses, helping to increase UK exports and attract French foreign direct investment into the UK. When the time comes, we will also support the coordination and delivery of new trade policy, trade agreements and market access deals to ensure, in spite the challenges ahead, the best possible outcome for both the UK, France and our key partners internationally.
As ever, we welcome the input of the business community. Please direct any questions or enquiries about UK opportunities to the team and me, – as ever, we would be delighted to hear from you.