Rishi Sunak announces locations of eight new freeports across England in a bid to boost international trade

Rishi Sunak today unveiled the eight sites for the first freeports to be created in England.

The Chancellor used the Budget to confirm the locations of the ‘special economic zones’ that were first announced in the Tories’ 2019 election manifesto.

In 2016, Mr Sunak – before he was given a ministerial role – authored a paper for the pro-free market think tank Centre for Policy Studies calling for freeports to be set up once the UK had left the European Union.

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Date Added: Wednesday 3rd March 2021