Prime Minister Rejects Liam Fox’s Comments on Brexit


Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has rejected comments made by Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, on Brexit.

Fox, who was forced to resign from the Cabinet in 2011 over inappropriate behaviour by breaking the Ministerial Code, said that the UK should leave the EU’s customs union.

The Financial Times reported that:

“One government insider confirmed that Dr Fox wanted to leave the customs union, saying: ‘It’s widely accepted that, to be able to negotiate free trade deals, we would have to be outside the customs union'”.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister confirmed that no such decision had yet been taken and that negotiations were still continuing. The Independent newspaper reported that “Liam Fox has been slapped down”.