In Westminster today, Midlands MP John Spellar called on the new Trade Secretary to ensure barrier-free trade for the British car industry and to put pressure on government departments to “buy British.”

Mr Spellar said: “Britain buys a large number of cars from European manufacturers. The Government needs to ensure there is equal access for British car manufacturers into Europe.”

He added that he was “encouraged by the positive response from Liam Fox”, but pledged to “hold him to account on his words”.

·         Mr John Spellar (Warley) (Lab)

Will the Secretary of State explain to our European partners the huge benefit to their industries of car and truck sales to the UK and ensure that there are no obstacles to our own vehicle makers selling to the EU? While he is at it, will he persuade other Departments to behave like their European counterparts and support domestic industry and buy British?

·         Dr Fox

On the latter point, the GREAT campaign has been moved to the Department for International Trade and I am keen for it to encourage people in this country to buy British where possible. He makes an important point about the wider negotiations in that the European Union has a huge trade surplus with the United Kingdom. It is more in their interest than ours-if that is possible-to maintain an open, free-trading environment.

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