Bad Blood: In Davos, it’s Osborne Vs Fox

Secretary of State for International Trade Dr. Liam Fox MP has been working like a Trojan, trying to sell Britain, Britain’s industry and Britain’s ingenuity, to foreign nations and global financial leaders alike during this week’s global economic forum in Davos.

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 23 January 2019 17:05

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Secretary of State for International Trade Dr. Liam Fox MP has been working like a Trojan, trying to sell Britain, Britain’s industry and Britain’s ingenuity, to foreign nations and global financial leaders alike during this week’s global economic forum in Davos.

The trip to the Swiss Alps is no holiday for Dr Fox, our intrepid president of the board of trade. Indeed, Dr Fox has been doing the rounds of the various UK news channels, trying to reassure the public with the good news regarding where the nation will find itself beyond Brexit. The Thatcherite Tory turned up to Davos ready to sell post Brexit Britain to the rest of the world with large banners declaring “Free Trade is Great”. Unfortunately for the hard working cabinet minister, he has had to put up with the unhelpful interventions of two ghosts of British politics’ past.

His former cabinet colleague and freshly minted member of the fourth estate George Osborne did not even attempt to be subtle when seeking to undercut the messaging of the British government. Pointing at Dr Fox’s bold banners, Mr Osborne told Bloomberg TV’s Tom King: “There’s an enormous great billboard on the side of a big hotel here in Davos paid for by the British taxpayer which is Britain is a sponsor of free trade. If we leave the EU without a deal, we are engaging in the biggest act of protectionism in the entire history of the United Kingdom. It’s got nothing to do with free trade. It’s about erecting trade barriers with our nearest and biggest trade partners.” In addition to this, the man Mr Osborne once referred to as “the master”, Tony Blair has apparently resurfaced in the Swiss Alps.

Causing another headache for the good Dr Fox, Britain’s former Prime Minister consistently sought out foreign news outlets to prepare a global audience for the second referendum that he has been plotting behind the scenes all season.

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