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UK Needs to Put More ‘Energy’ Into Trade, Says Ex-NatWest Boss

  • Ross McEwan says Britain could do far more with Australia
  • Britain signed a free-trade deal with country last year
Ross McEwan
Ross McEwanPhotographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

National Australia Bank Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Ross McEwan has offered some stern words of advice to Britain’s leaders as they pursue post-Brexit trade deals: get on with it.

McEwan, who ran British lender NatWest Group Plc until 2019, said the UK needed to do more with the opportunities thrown up by its decision six years ago to leave the European Union. “It’s come away from Europe, it now needs to put all of that energy into growing trading partners offshore,” McEwan said in an interview with Bloomberg News in London.