'We should be attempting to make Britain into the world's greatest trading nation', says MP Grant Shapps

'We should be attempting to make Britain into the world's greatest trading nation', says MP Grant Shapps

MP Grant Shapps says moving forward and making new arrangements is now key

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Conservative MP Grant Shapps joined George Galloway to discuss the outcome of the EU referendum.

"We've known for decades roughly which direction we're going in," he told George. "I think all of that has changed last Thursday, because we're outside of the EU, we literally have to take our country and re-describe its place in the world.

"My view is we should be attempting to make Britain into the world's greatest trading nation.

"I think that's doable. People will say 'haven't you just turned your back on the biggest trading block in the world?' Yes we have, and that was the outcome of the vote, but it turns out only about 66 per cent of our trade as covered by free trade agreements, which is actually on the low side."

The MP for Welwyn Hatfield also discussed who will take leadership of the Conservtaive party, after David Cameron resigned.

"I think whether you were a Brexiteer or a Remainer, unless you were one of the key people, literally Obsborne and David Cameron, I don't think it's going to hugely impact on who people are going to support.

"I detected that everyone has a keenness to select a new leader. Whether they were a leaver or a remainer, I don't think will be the most critical thing. I expect they will all rally round, as long as that person acts in the will of the people."

A petition was also set up to call for a second referendum which received over 4 million signatures, but Schapps does not believe it would happen.

"I voted Remain but you can't do that, you can't just ignore the will of the people. I just don't think we can now say to people, 'oh you didn't really mean that, did you'."