Just before Christmas I met with leading French politician Xavier Bertrand at Dover's Best Western Plus Marina Hotel.
Having worked together over the summer to get the Calais Jungle dismantled, we discussed boosting business, tourism and border security in a meeting with the President of the Hauts-des-France region.
Now the migrant camp is gone, we want boost business and tourism in Dover and Calais.
We also discussed the importance of making border security on both sides of the Channel water-tight – and increasing trade without gridlock on the roads.
The hotel's managing director Trevor Bond also raised potential business opportunities between the two regions.
It was fantastic to welcome Xavier Bertrand to Dover with an excellent lunch at the Dover Marina Hotel. We had a really good chat about the amazing opportunities there are to make Brexit work for Dover and Calais.
Mr Bertrand is very keen to work with us in making both Dover and Calais top tourist destinations. He also wants to boost business between the regions.
It just goes to show that Brexit was about giving the boot to Brussels, yet keeping Britain open for business.
This means exciting times for Dover and Deal.
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