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Liam Fox told to avoid 'hard Brexit' in WTO speech

By Shaun Connolly

Published 27/09/2016

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has been warned not to signal a "hard Brexit" strategy as he delivers a key-note address to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) today.

Ahead of the Cabinet Minister's address in Switzerland, campaigners wanting Britain to stay as close to the EU as possible insisted the Brexit negotiations should not be driven by right-wing ideology.

Labour MP Pat McFadden of the Open Britain organisation, which grew out of the Remain campaign in the EU referendum, said: "Before deciding on our future relationship with the single market and the customs union, we need much more detail on what this would mean for jobs and investment in the UK.

"The Government cannot simply be led by ideology or the need to make Liam Fox's job real.

"These judgments have to be made on the basis of what's best for the UK economy.

"The Government has been slow to realise what would be involved in leaving the single market and customs union.

"Businesses are desperately briefing ministers on this but there is an urgent need for a proper assessment which should be shared with the public.

"We should not sleepwalk to a hard Brexit without knowing what this would mean for the economy."

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