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Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch has hailed a “landmark” new commerce cope with Texas, the UK’s largest commerce pact with a US state since Britain left the EU.

For the primary time ever, the state governor will journey to London right this moment for a signing ceremony at 10 Downing Street.

The commerce pact, set to profit key sectors and develop Britain’s already important exports to the southern US state, is the eighth settlement with a US state since Brexit and by far the biggest by way of GDP.

The deal will present an enormous enhance to sectors together with aerospace, superior applied sciences, provide chains and significant minerals, infrastructure, transport companies, and chemical substances.

Texas has the second largest economic system of any US state, with a GDP of £1.9 trillion, which means it’s bigger than Italy, Canada and Russia.

The UK noticed £14.7 billion of commerce with Texas in 2023, and is already the state’s eighth largest export marketplace for items.

Speaking forward of the landmark signing in Downing Street later right this moment, Ms Badenoch mentioned she is delighted to welcome Governor Abbott to Britain.

She added: “Today’s signature with Texas marks the UK’s eighth US state-level pact, meaning UK firms now have access to states with a combined GDP of £5.3 trillion – equivalent to a quarter of the whole US economy”.

“This shows our US state-level strategy is working and really delivering for British businesses.”

Ms Badenoch has racked up plenty of worldwide commerce wins since taking on the job of Business and Trade Secretary one 12 months in the past.

The prime Tory signed a memorandum of understanding with Florida final November, becoming a member of fellow states Indian, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington.

Refusing to relaxation after her laurels, the UK is already in energetic discussions to conclude offers with Colorado, Illinois and California.

Conor Burns, who was appointed because the US commerce envoy in May, has additionally been credited with serving to each Texas and Florida over the road.

Texas Governor Abbott heaped reward on the “critical role” Britain plays in the “Texas economic juggernaut”.

He mentioned that strengthening the bond between Texas and the UK – their ninth largest commerce associate – “is crucial for our shared economies to prosper”.

“By signing this Statement of Mutual Cooperation today, we will further promote economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Working with our British partners, we will chart a greater path towards success and opportunity and create an even more robust economic partnership.”

Ms Badenoch added that the commerce deal’s strides on hydrogen cooperation alone will assist unlock greater than 12,000 jobs and as much as £11 billion of funding by 2030.

Following the signing, the Texas delegation will be part of UK Government officers for a celebratory reception at Lancaster House this night.