James Sunderland calls on Government to ensure the interests of British Overseas Territories are reflected in trade deals

James Sunderland calls on the Government to ensure that the interests of British Overseas Territories are fully factored in all future trade deals and continuity agreements.

James Sunderland  (Bracknell) (Con)

May I simply ask my right hon. Friend for reassurance that our overseas territories will be fully factored into all future trade deals and continuity agreements? [908957]

Greg Hands

I thank my hon. Friend for that question. In fact, I am meeting the overseas territories on this very subject next week. You in particular, Mr Speaker, will be impressed by the Secretary of State meeting Fabian Picardo, the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, only last month on this. Getting our overseas territories participating in the UK independent trade agenda is very important. We recognise fully the constitutional responsibilities we have for the OTs and we work closely with them to ensure that their interests are represented.