Discussions between chancellor Philip Hammond and some of the UK’s biggest exporters focused yesterday on the growing importance of trade with non-EU countries.
Hammond hosted representatives from Honda, GlaxoSmithKline, Airbus, and Scotch Whisky Association at Downing Street.
UK exports have more than doubled over the last 17 years, with over half of total, making up 15 per cent of GDP flowing out of the European Union.
Hammond is aiming to better engage with businesses ahead of the Autumn Statement in November.
Speaking in front of a House of Lords committee, Hammond said: "The Autumn Statement will set out the government's economic and fiscal plans based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility.
"In the run up to the Autumn Statement I will be engaging with Britain's business leaders and employee representatives through a series of industry roundtables, meetings and visits, and of course, I will engage with parliamentary colleagues."