Fox Slams EU Bureaucrats: ‘Stop Putting Politics Before People’
Conservative Trade Secretary Liam Fox (pictured above) has lashed out at EU bureaucrats, accusing them of putting the ‘european political project’ ahead of the needs of their citizens during the Brexit Negotiations. Speaking from the USA, where he is currently engaged in trade negotiations with the US. Dr. Fox told BBC Radio Four:
‘I think we’ve got to think about the citizens of Europe and not just the abstract concept of a closer union.
‘We need to be putting the prosperity of our citizens at the centre of this particular discussion and not political ideology.”
Dr Fox made his comments a few hours before a long awaited speech from Washington D.C. where he is expected to start talks with Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross about a new independent trade agreement between the UK and the US.
He reiterated the fact that the United Kingdom will pursue new deals with third party partners outside of both the customs union and the single market as part of its Brexit plans.
The Trade Secretary said that leaving the customs union would give the country the ‘freedom to develop its trade scope’ and would guarantee the vote expressed by the electorate in June 2016 is respected.
‘Remaining in the single market would have full and free movement of people, and one of the things people voted for in the referendum was to take control of our own borders.
Dr Fox restated his views on the success of trade talks with the EU27 bloc, saying that discussion would ‘easy’ thanks to the ‘regulatory equivalence’ that currently exists between the two sides.
‘From a technical point of view, this should not be a difficult agreement. The difficulty comes where politics gets in the way of economics and that’s what we have to try to avoid. And we’ve been very clear that we want a free and comprehensive agreement.’
The adamant Brexiteer said that his trip to the United States would help establish the basis for future discussion on matters such as continuity agreements, national security and wider global economy investments.
Westmonster Dave is the editor of alt-politics.com