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Liam Fox delivering his speech in Japan. He should stay there, but I don’t suppose they’ll have him.

That’s you told, Liam Fox!

For those who don’t know, Nick Macpherson is a former head of the Treasury and therefore might just know what he’s on about.

Unlike Liam Fox.

Notice Dr Fox’s comment at the end of the extract below, in which he says discussions on the trade-focused part of Brexit should start at once. He knows the EU won’t be having any truck with that until after the first part is done.

His speech was a pathetic piece of sabre-rattling from a pipsqueak of a politician.

The international trade secretary, Liam Fox, has ratcheted up the government’s war of words with the EU over Brexit by saying Britain will not be “blackmailed” into paying an excessive exit settlement to speed up a deal.

Fox’s comment follows a tense press conference in Brussels on Thursday after the third round of exit talks, in which the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, accused the UK of being mired in “nostalgia” rather than taking a realistic approach.

Fox was asked by ITV news whether it was time for Britain to agree on the much-disputed departure settlement with the EU, hastening progress towards the second, trade-focused part of the process.

“We can’t be blackmailed into paying a price on the first part,” Fox said.

He continued: “We think we should begin discussions on the final settlement because that’s good for business, and it’s good for the prosperity both of the British people and of the rest of the people of the European Union.”

Source: Liam Fox accuses EU of trying to ‘blackmail’ UK over Brexit deal | Politics | The Guardian

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