Bumper Brexit trade deal worth £9bn and 2,500 jobs signed by Theresa May on China visit

The deal was hailed as a move to strengthen ties with the world’s second-largest economy after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang confirmed relations between the two nations would remain unchanged by Brexit.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: ”The agreements signed this week, valued at more than £9billion, demonstrate a clear demand for British goods and services.”

More than 2,500 jobs are expected to be created throughout the UK thanks to the deal.

The Prime Minister struck the agreement at the end of a three-day visit to China’s economic hub of Shanghai this morning.

Mr Fox said: ”As an international economic department, we will continue to develop this valuable relationship, which already benefits British companies to the tune of £59billion in trade each year.”

A chunk of the income and jobs from the agreement will be concentrated in financial services in which the UK remains a world leader.

Over a billion pounds in investment and 890 jobs were secured, the statement revealed.

There is expected to be more to come with the total trade and jobs benefit set to grow with agreements struck in the next few years.

Future deals representing commercial signings, market access agreements and future contract commitments within different sectors are on the horizon, it has been claimed.

The trade boost comes after news that Mrs May’s husband Philip had been a huge hit in China.

Beijing has been bowled over by Mr May with newspaper columns fulsome in their praise for the unassuming 60-year-old.

After the couple’s arrival in the country, where Mrs May is on a mission to woo the Chinese ahead of Brexit, a number of news organisations focused on her partner of more than 30 years.

The Xinhua News Agency said: “Like most female leaders’ husbands, the ‘First Gentleman’ is known for his modesty.”

Popular news website the Paper said Mr May was “very low-key” and “preferred to stay away from the media and the public eye.”

The Sina Weibo social media platform described the PM’s husband as “a very handsome gentleman.”

Mrs May has also won fans on her official visit to China with students from Beijing admitting to being big admirers of “Auntie May” with one of them praising her for “having a good sense of fashion.”