Grove-White – Ministers are making a pig’s ear of Brexit

Britain will be able to sell more pig’s ears to China after Brexit, Michael Gove has said today.

Speaking at a fringe event at Conservative Party Conference, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We will have a fair, competitive advantage - we can sell more pigs’ ears to China and that means there can be more bacon and pork and ham from the other joints of the animal that are popularly sold here.”

Commenting, Francis Grove-White, Deputy Director of Open Britain, said:

“By fixating on trade in pig’s ears, it’s almost like Michael Gove’s subconscious is crying for help, acknowledging how the Brexit he campaigned for is going so wrong and falling so far short of the promises he made.

“Ministers are making a pig’s ear of Brexit, and Mr Gove’s speech shows why. Instead of focusing on protecting our trade with Europe, which is by far our biggest economic partner, they are betting the house on doing deals with countries on the other side of the world, with whom we do far less trade and who will drive an extremely hard bargain.

“If selling more pig’s ears to China – at the expense of our trade with the EU – is the great prize awaiting us after leaving the Single Market and Customs Union, people will not forgive the porkies they were told by Gove and others during the referendum.”

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Notes to editors:

Mr Gove’s comments are reported here: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2017/oct/02/conservative-conference-2017-boris-johnson-philip-hammond-tells-boris-johnson-he-is-sackable-politics-live?page=with:block-59d213ebe4b0320170984451#block-59d213ebe4b0320170984451