‘Another vote of confidence’ in Brexit Britain as Qatar pledges £10bn trade investment

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani at Downing Street today (May 24) to discuss measures to strengthen economic ties.  Several key sectors of the UK economy could reportedly be strengthened by striking a deal with the Middle Eastern nation.


As well as energy and defence, other sectors set for a boost include fintech, carbon-neutral vehicles, life sciences and cyber security. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:”Today’s announcement of up to £10billion in new investment from our Qatari friends is another vote of confidence in the UK’s brilliant businesses and cutting-edge industry.

“The new UK-Qatar Strategic Investment Partnership will create quality job opportunities across the country in key sectors, delivering on our vision of economic growth through trade and investment.

“Qatar is a valued partner for the UK, supported by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad’s leadership.  We had a rich discussion on the issues that matter to both of our countries, including boosting the economy, ensuring regional stability and improving energy security following Russia’s appalling invasion of Ukraine.”


This comes after Qatar pledged to invest into Rolls-Royce’s revolutionary small nuclear reactors. 

These are set to provide a cheaper and more efficient way to provide nuclear power than traditional nuclear energy, with the units able to power half a million homes despite being the size of two football pitches

Qatar joined the Government, French oil giant Perenco and US company Exelon Generation with a joint £500million cash injection to help Rolls-Royce speed up the development of groundbreaking technology.

Rolls-Royce and Qatar are also reportedly teaming up to build a science and engineering campus in Britain to develop green technology start-ups.

A source familiar with the discussions told the Financial Times that Qatar would invest billions of pounds into the venture over the next 20 years. 

Now, the Gulf State appears to be building even further on its collaboration with the UK, which could bring a boost to the country’s energy security as bills continue to soar. 

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “I am delighted to further the UK’s energy cooperation with the State of Qatar as we work to stabilise international energy markets and boost energy security in the context of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.

“Qatar is already a valued trading partner, recently investing in the future of British low-carbon nuclear technology through the Rolls Royce consortium developing small modular reactors. Today’s meeting will deepen our relationship even further, reinforcing the UK’s energy security and delivering cleaner and affordable energy in the years ahead.”

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