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In the lead up to the 2016 vote for the UK to split from Brussels, a whole host of politicians (including government officials), and business leaders warned that Brexit would turn Britain into an isolated, inward-looking country with a smaller influence on the international stage. But new research suggests that UK companies are now working more than ever to expand their exports to the global market.
A survey of 752 decision-makers within UK businesses by global logistics provider One World Express found that the majority either already operate internationally or are planning to expand overseas by the end of 2022.
The survey revealed that this was not a mere coincidence but a direct result of the decision to leave the EU.
62 percent of respondents said Brexit prompted them to move into markets outside of the EU rather than keep their imports inside the bloc.
Meanwhile, 68 percent said they have noticed an increased demand for their goods across global markets since the 2016 vote.

Far from having restricted them to a limited, dwindling market, more than two-thirds of the business leaders surveyed said having a brand that is identifiably British has enhanced their reputation across the world.
This comes amid attempts by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to enter Britain into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade group.
There are currently 11 counties in CPTPP, including Australia, Japan and New Zealand.
The Government hopes to gain accession to the partnership.
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Ms Truss said: “CPTTP membership is a huge opportunity for Britain. It will help shift our economic centre of gravity away from Europe towards faster-growing parts of the world, and deepen our access to massive consumer markets in the Asia-Pacific.
“We would get all the benefits of joining a high-standards free trade area, but without having to cede control of our borders, money or laws.”
Commenting on the new findings, One World Express CEO Atul Bhakta hailed the fact that “Brand UK” is helping companies break into new and international markets.
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He added, however, that “successful international growth will not come without obstacles”.
He insisted that “careful planning is required” to ensure that new and increasing demands can be met and that growth is sustainable.
So long as this work is undertaken, Mr Bhakta said: “I have every confidence that we will see many organisations go from strength to strength in 2022.”

Recent figures suggest that some of this work is already underway, with the Department for International Trade revealing last month that 217 trade barriers were removed across 74 different countries during 2020-21.
This accounted to an increase of almost 20 percent on the previous year.
This news spurred Nile Gardiner, a foreign policy analyst and former aide to Margaret Thatcher, to celebrate on Twitter: “Brexit Britain will be a world leader in free trade.”
Far from having restricted them to a limited, dwindling market, more than two-thirds of the business leaders surveyed said having a brand that is identifiably British has enhanced their reputation across the world.
This comes amid attempts by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to enter Britain into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade group.
There are currently 11 counties in CPTPP, including Australia, Japan and New Zealand.
The Government hopes to gain accession to the partnership.
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