Ministers from the Department for International Trade have held informal talks about joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it was revealed today.
Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“Ministers have started 2018 as they ended 2017 - high on hopes but short on realism.
“The EU already has or is negotiating trade deals with most of these countries, all of which are being unnecessarily put at risk by the Government’s decision to leave the Single Market and the Customs Union.
“In any case, no matter how many air miles Liam Fox racks up, the fact is that new trade deals will not come close to making up for lost trade with the EU after a hard Brexit.
“As Ministers’ rhetoric about Brexit increasingly makes way for reality, people have every right to keep an open mind about whether the supposed benefits of leaving are really worth it.”