Scott welcomes Brexit Minister to Padstow during Cornwall tour

Scott Mann welcomed Brexit Minister Steve Baker to North Cornwall this week as part of a tour around the county to meet with businesses and educational institutions to discuss Britain's exit from the European Union and how it can be made a success of in the Duchy.

During the two day visit, the Minister took the opportunity to engage with businesses from a variety of sectors across the region – including, fishing, aerospace, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. He attended business roundtables at Falmouth University and Tremough Innovation Centre, and visited Newquay AeroHub Enterprise Zone, Newlyn Fish Market and Padstow-based book manufacturer TJ International.

Speaking to business leaders and organisation representatives, the Minister used the visit to hear about the opportunities and challenges that the UK’s exit from the EU could pose to the region and how they are preparing.

Minister for Exiting the EU, Steve Baker said:

"My visit to Cornwall has been hugely productive and given me a great opportunity to hear about various businesses’ priorities for our EU exit.

"We are absolutely committed to achieving a deal which works for every region in the UK which is why it is vital that we continue to speak with businesses and organisations from across the country to ensure their views are fully represented as we move through the negotiations."

With the fourth round of negotiations underway, the visit comes as the UK Government steps up its engagement with businesses across the UK to ensure the voices of British businesses are heard and reflected throughout the exit process.

Commenting on the visit, Scott Mann said:

"Business engagement is key to making Brexit work for all businesses in Cornwall and I was delighted to welcome Brexit Minister Steve Baker to TJ International in Padstow.

"I am keen to engage with businesses in North Cornwall and flag any issues they have at an early stage to ensure a smooth transition as we leave the EU."