The Financial Times are reporting tonight that Liam Fox’s Department for International Trade is planning to cut hundreds of jobs from its teams that help businesses make real sales in international markets so it can pay for staff taken on to handle Brexit.
The department has spent so much money hiring staff to handle Brexit that it is being forced to “axe hundreds of officials” who promote actual British exports in growing markets like China and Brazil.
Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said:
“It seems that another one of the grandiose promises we were made about Brexit is on the verge of collapse.
“The quid pro quo for weakening our economic ties with our biggest market in the EU was meant to be strengthened trade links with the rest of the world.
“But, it seems, Liam Fox's department does not have the capacity or the funds to even come close to that.
‘It is now essential that there is a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal, allowing us all to give a verdict on whether the final deal negotiated by the Government matches the promises we were made.”
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The FT’s splash can be seen here: https://twitter.com/hendopolis/status/993578135831670786