Commenting on Liam Fox’s appointment of himself as the sole member of the new ‘Board of Trade’, James McGrory, Executive Director of Open Britain, said:
“I hope that at the inaugural meeting of the new Board of Trade, Liam Fox managed to have positive and constructive discussions with Liam Fox – after hearing expert analysis by Dr Liam Fox on the impact of Brexit.
“Britain’s trade policy is just the sound of one hand clapping. It would be funny in another context, but not when the Government is justifying its decision to damage our trade by leaving the Customs Union on a mirage of future trade deals.
“In the hostile world of international trade negotiations, Liam Fox’s army of one will find striking trade deals difficult and time-consuming and they will constantly be under pressure to water down our food safety and environmental standards.
“The Prime Minister needs to drop her charade, tell Liam Fox to do his solo negotiations somewhere else, and reverse her damaging decision to put trade with our biggest economic partner at risk by leaving the Customs Union.”