British Ambassador Visiting Fla. Lawmakers, Scott

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- March 23, 2011 --

The United Kingdom's ambassador to the United States has urged support for free trade and stressed its importance to Florida during a visit to the state Capitol.

Nigel Sheinwald addressed the Florida Senate and had a meeting
scheduled with Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday.

Scheinwald told lawmakers that the United Kingdom is Florida's
largest foreign employer with 44,000 Floridians working for British
companies.

He said the United Kingdom wants to strengthen those economic
ties, noting Manchester University's business school was opening a
branch in Miami on Wednesday.

A British trade mission to Florida's Space Coast also is planned
for next week.

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