INTERNATIONAL Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said that Britain has grown ‘fat and lazy’, making the nation incapable of securing lucrative post-Brexit trade deals.
The euro-sceptic politician, who will play a key role in negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU family, told a group of business leaders “This country is not the free-trading nation that it once was. We have become too lazy, and too fat on our successes in previous generations.”
“What is the point of us reshaping global trade, what is the point of us going out and looking for new markets for the United Kingdom, if we don’t have the exporters to fill those markets?”
He also called for a deconstruction of the protectionist mindset, with his remarks coming after a heavily-publicised tour of the UK’s Anglophile allies from America to Australia.
“We’ve got to change the culture in our country. People have got to stop thinking about exporting as an opportunity and start thinking about it as a duty – companies who could be contributing to our national prosperity but choose not to because it might be too difficult or too time-consuming or because they can’t play golf on a Friday afternoon,” he added in his address.
Downing Street declined to comment on the remarks, diplomatically saying that Theresa May’s priority will be to ensure that British business is afforded the best opportunities to succeed internationally.