British Trade Secretary supports North Carolina business hub despite HB2

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Defence Secretary Liam Fox leaves the Ministry of Defence building on October 13, 2011 in London, England. Mr Fox is facing increasing pressure over his working relationship with Adam Werritty. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dr Liam Fox defies boycotting North Carolina and refuses to apologize for it. This summer Fox announced that the North Carolina capital city would be a home for a new trade hub and he is not going to change his mind. He was recently challenged on the decision by Labour’s Chris Bryant in Parliament, after Dr Fox raised concern about Vladimir Putin’s human rights record. Mr Bryant said: “I warmly endorse what the Secretary of State has just said about Russia. I am glad he is adopting that attitude, but may I urge him to extend the same attitude towards North Carolina? I think it bizarre that he has opened a new office in North Carolina, when Deutsche Bank, PayPal and a string of other businesses and many US states are boycotting North Carolina because of its ludicrous homophobic new policy in relation to transgender people.”

“I made the point earlier that what we need to do to provide certainty about jobs and profits in the United Kingdom is to be in the markets where we have the greatest maturity and the greatest potential for value.
“That means, in the United States, not just looking at the established areas where we have personnel, but looking to where we have growing markets that can prove to be of value to the United Kingdom, its people and its businesses,” Fox answered

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