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has unveiled plans to knock down “unnecessary” trade barriers as the ardent pledged to make the most of Britain’s decision to sever ties with the . The International Trade Secretary set out her strategy during a speech at Lancaster House yesterday in which she outlined five key priorities.

And the former Tory leadership contender, seen as a rising star within the party, promised to be the nation’s “biggest defender, keenest saleswoman, and proudest backer”.

She told guests including Creative Nature CEO Julianne Ponan and Scanning Pens co-founder Jack Churchill, both honoured for their services to industry in the New Year’s Honours: “Everything the Department for International Trade does is about creating economic growth, whether it’s supporting exporters, securing foreign investment to create UK jobs, or building the global security in trade – working with old friends and new – to help British businesses thrive.

“In doing all that, we have an exciting vision to sell.

“Of a high-skill, high-tech economy with the capability to thrive in the modern world. And one that is finding the life sciences solutions for a healthier world.”

Ms Badenoch listed her priorities as:

  • Removing trade barriers – DIT will knock down 100 unnecessary blockers standing in the way of helping UK businesses sell more and grow more, creating new jobs and paying higher wages
  • Grow UK exports every year until the Race to a Trillion target – selling more than a trillion pounds of goods and services to the world a year by 2030 – had been reached, with exports currently at more than £800 billion
  • Making the UK the top investment destination in Europe, attracting new investment into communities and helping to level-up the country
  • Sealing high quality deals with India and CPTPP – countries with a combined population of almost two billion consumers – opening exciting opportunities in fast-growing markets for years to come
  • Defending free trade, and making the world more secure by strengthening supply chains and standing up to protectionism.

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