Robin Walker, the British Under Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, today in L’Echo argues for “a strong relationship” between the United Kingdom and Belgium. He was in Brussels, on Thursday, calling for negotiations around the future relationship between the UK and the EU to get under way “more quickly”.
Walker asserted, “Brexit is not a decision to turn our backs on Europe or Belgium.” He was interviewed by the Belgian daily publication, after meeting the Federation of Belgian Businesses (FBB). The under secretary went on, “I met with Belgian business [through the FBB], to explore the spheres in which we have a mutual interest in preserving continuity and a strong relationship.”
He stated, “The car industry is an excellent example, where there is a supply chain which is operating between Belgium and the United Kingdom. In addition, within the Belgian chemical sector, you have a large number of industrial chemical processes which are of interest to the United Kingdom. We wish to ensure that high standards continue to be applied, and that these goods are still traded between our two countries.”
He guarantees that the counters will not be returned to zero, as between the two countries. “Belgium is one of the ten largest investors in the United Kingdom. We are one of the major investors in Belgium. Our relationship has to continue.”