Britain is currently chasing potential deals and leads around the world after the country left the European Union at the end of January this year. The country will officially transition out of its current commitment to the EU by the end of the year. Negotiators from the UK and EU are still trying to strike a post-Brexit deal – with crunch discussions ending a day early last week.
Earlier this week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak agreed to develop closer financial links between the UK and Switzerland.
The fresh boost saw Mr Sunak sign a joint commitment with his Swiss counterpart, Ueli Maurer, to work on a new international financial services agreement.
Treasury officials said the move proved the Government’s ambition for the UK to cement its role as an international financial centre once fully independent of Brussels next year.
Further afield, last month, Japan’s Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, and the UK’s trade minister, Liz Truss, started talks on an economic partnership to secure business continuity.
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Britain is currently seeking what Boris Johnson pledged to do after insisting he would “get Brexit done” in the lead up to the 2019 election.
Despite what many in Westminster perceive as positive advances, several famous Remainers continue to claim that Brexit will be a disaster for the UK.
Earlier this year, Hugh Grant, the millionaire actor made his feelings known during the Brexit referendum, later turning his attention towards helping the Liberal Democrats in their “cancel Brexit” campaign – appeared in an interview to promote his latest film, The Gentleman.
On the topic of the 2016 referendum, the interviewer in January asked: “How are you feeling now everything’s kind of settled, are you encouraged?”
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Mr Grant replied: “No, it’s a catastrophe.”
When the interviewer suggested things might not turn out as bad as some thought, Grant replied: “No, no, the country’s finished.”
Mr Grant’s comments were met with criticism by many.
The Brexiteer and former Tory leader, Ian Duncan Smith, went as far as to brand Mr Grant’s comments as “arrogant and patronising”.
He added: “How little Hugh Grant understands or values his country.”
During 2019’s general election, Grant hit the campaign trail with Remainer politicians.
He was famously pictured canvassing with Chuka Umunna in the Westminster seat he was fighting for.
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Mr Umunna had previously received criticism for trying to overturn the result of the historic EU referendum.
The politician jumped between several parties following the Brexit vote, entering as part of the Labour Party, shortly leaving to set up The Independent Group for Change, or Change UK, before leaving to join the Liberal Democrats.
Ahead of the 2019 general election, Mr Umunna appeared during a Sky News interview.
It was here that host Sarah-Jane Mee noted the extreme changes in policy within the Lib Dems since Mr Umunna’s arrival as having caused more unrest than what was previously present in the party.
She also pointed out a major flaw in the Lib Dems’ plan to revoke the Brexit vote.
Ms Mee said: “Do you think you’ve perhaps gone a step too far? Your policy on Brexit was clear, it was backing a People’s Vote or a second referendum, whatever people wish to call it.
“A lot of people are looking at the Liberal Democrats and saying, ‘that’s the only party that is showing unity on Brexit at the moment in terms of their thinking’.
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“You’ve now got Liberal Democrat members saying you can’t cancel Brexit without officially having a second referendum without going back to the people again in that respect.
“You’ve just created unrest in your party where there wasn’t any.”
Mr Umunna responded: “The motion to have a policy of revoking Article 50 in the manifesto was overwhelmingly passed by delegates at this conference.
“Yes, there was a minority who disagreed with it but there was a clear majority for the policy.
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“And we are having a People’s Vote in the form of a general election. If we’re elected after that People’s Vote we will immediately stop Brexit and that’s what people know the Liberal Democrats for.
“People have always known that is the goal. The means pending a general election has been a People’s Vote but obviously if you have a general election that is a People’s Vote.”
The Lib Dems suffered loses in the 2019 general election, with leader Jo Swinson losing her seat.
Chuka Umunna was also not elected.