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Government’s nomination of Liam Fox to be the next Director General of the World Trade Organisation

Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow International Trade Secretary, responding to the government’s nomination of Liam Fox to be the next Director General of the World Trade Organisation, said “It seems extraordinary that Boris Johnson is prepared to tell his international counterparts that the man he decided a year ago was not good enough to lead Britain’s trade policy is now the best candidate he can think of to lead the World’s.

“For a job of this importance, at this crucial time for the world and British economy, with the threat of further tariff wars exacerbating a global recession, it is also hugely disappointing that the UK is submitting a candidate that the international community will immediately discount.

“There will be little trust in somebody who promised so much in regards to Britain’s future trade yet delivered so little and was the architect of a Trade Bill that threatens to jeopardise our farming standards our public services, and a UK Trade Remedies Authority that gives no voice to business or workers. That is not the man we need in charge of global trade.”