Umunna – Liam Fox trying to shift blame for Brexit omnishambles away from Government

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox gave a speech at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today, in which he criticised the EU for acting like a ‘gang’ in Brexit negotiations. 

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Liam Fox is desperately trying to shift the blame for the total mess his own Government is making of Brexit. Language like calling the EU a ‘gang’ is the kind of ham-fisted diplomacy that will only reduce what little good will is left on the other side of the negotiating table.

“The only people responsible for the ongoing Brexit omnishambles is Liam Fox and the rest of the Cabinet. It is they who have taken sensible options off the table for our future relationship with our friends and allies in Europe and then whine that it’s someone else’s fault when they realise they’ve painted themselves into a corner.

“Instead of name calling, the Government should take a long, hard look at themselves and admit that the deal we can negotiate is a direct consequence of their self-imposed red lines. As the cost of those ideological decisions continue to become clearer, the public have every right to keep an open mind about whether Brexit is the right path for our country.”