British and American Business Leaders welcome moves to strengthen US-UK ties
LONDON, Thursday 26 January, 2017 – Chairman of BritishAmerican Business, Christopher Perry, has welcomed the official visit of UK Prime Minister Theresa May to the White House to meet with US President Donald Trump.
Friday’s visit, the first by a foreign leader since the inauguration of President Trump, is expected to focus on strengthening ties between the US and UK for trade, investment and security.
BritishAmerican Business Chairman, Christopher Perry, said:
“It is significant that UK Prime Minister Theresa May will become the first foreign leader to meet with President Trump.
“As the single largest investor in each other’s economies, the US-UK relationship is a source of great strength and stability for both nations and provides countless opportunities for citizens in both countries.
“These formal discussions provide a timely opportunity for the US and UK to re-define and re-imagine the US-UK relationship with a view to increasing trade and investment while reducing the barriers that inhibit and restrict growth.
“Moves to increase trade and investment between the two countries will be welcomed by the transatlantic business community, as will any easing of regulatory burdens on the thousands of businesses operating in towns and cities on both shores.
“BritishAmerican Business looks forward to playing a leading role to deliver dialogue between our members, government, and a broader business public on both sides of the Atlantic to further this important conversation.”
BritishAmerican Business CEO, Jeffries Briginshaw, said:
“Each day a million British people go to work in the UK for a US headquartered company, just as a million Americans go to work every day for a British headquartered company in the US.
“The business activities of the thousands of companies that day in, day out, trade and invest across our borders, strengthen the ties between our respective economies, and bring prosperity to the citizens of both countries.
“As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the EU, and with a new Administration in Washington D.C., we encourage both leaders to use this historic opportunity to put discussions for a future bilateral trade agreement, that provide benefits for both countries, firmly on the table.
“Our members remain ambitious and upbeat about the transatlantic business relationship and look forward to both leaders forging closer business ties that enhance the special relationship.”
Notes to Editors:
BritishAmerican Business (BAB) www.babinc.org is the leading transatlantic business organization, dedicated to helping companies build their business on both sides of the Atlantic. Its membership brings together the world’s leading multinational and middle market companies across sectors and geographies; and more than 100 of the world’s most successful CEOs support its work through their participation in its Advisory Board.
It incorporates the American Chamber of Commerce (UK) and the British-American Chamber of Commerce (USA), which merged in 2000 to create a single, pre-eminent transatlantic organization that could support its members across the Atlantic.
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