Leslie – Resignation of Lords minister rounds off an abysmal week for Government

Following the news that Lord Price has resigned as Minister of State at the Department for International Trade, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

"This rounds off an abysmal week for the Government and its fantasy trade agenda. On Wednesday we learned the height of their ambitions is to try to copy and paste the EU's deals.

"On Thursday, the PM returned from Japan with a flea in her ear after being told Tokyo's priority is a free trade agreement with the EU. On Friday David Davis conceded in Washington that his own proposals on future customs arrangements are 'blue sky thinking'.

"And today the Government has lost its Lords trade minister, just weeks after Brexit minister Lord Bridges stepped down.

"By this point David Davis said we would be halfway towards a free trade area "ten times" the size of the EU. At this rate we'll be lucky to hold on to the deals we already have."