UK Foreign Secretary visits New England Chapter
On Friday 23 September, the British American Business Council of New England (BABCNE) welcomed UK Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, to Boston, Massachusetts. They took this opportunity to introduce the Foreign Secretary to their business community. The reception was sponsored by Standard Life Investments, Boston office. Also in attendance that evening was HM Ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch and his wife Lady Darroch; HM Consul General to New England, Harriet Cross; and Antonia Romeo, Director General for Economic and Commercial Affairs USA and HM Consul General to New York.
Consul General Harriet Cross introduced the Foreign Secretary, who spoke enthusiastically to highlight trade ties between Greater Boston and the UK. The Foreign Secretary was optimistic that following the EU Referendum, UK would be in a position to negotiate a trade deal with the United States that would help continue our Special Relationship. Boston’s history of the Boston Tea Party was not lost on the Foreign Secretary, who declared that the United States no longer charges tariffs on imported tea from the UK – and he hopes a similar UK-US low barrier free trading relationship continues in future.
While in Boston, the Foreign Secretary met with local companies in the life sciences, tech, and financial services. He also met with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to promote UK-Massachusetts business ties in these sectors. On Saturday 24 September, at the invitation of US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Foreign Secretary joined his counterparts from the Quint countries and the EU High Representative in Boston, to discuss the devastating events in Syria. Their joint statement can be found here.