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Liam Fox ‘draws up 50 NATION Brexit trade deal list’ for when Article 50 is triggered


The International Trade Secretary also has a plans for a whopping 200 new “high value exports targets”, including deals with booming economies such as Kenya, Brazil, China and India.

The list of post-Brexit trade deals comes just days after Britain’s ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, resigned from his post.

Former civil servant Sir Ivan, who previously claimed it could take up to 10 years for Britain to formally withdraw from the EU, has been criticised for the timing of his resignation.

Sir Ivan, who was accused of harbouring overtly pro-EU views, seemingly took a thinly-veiled swipe at the Government in his resignation letter and urged civil servants to challenge the “ill-founded arguments and muddled thinking”.

His ruthless letter, obtained by the BBC, claimed the “Government will only achieve the best for the country if it harnesses the best experience we have”.

The experienced ambassador also claimed “negotiating experience is in short supply in Whitehall” – unlike in Brussels – and that civil servants must challenge ministers to “speak the truth to those in power”.

Sir Ivan wrote: “I hope you will continue to challenge ill-founded arguments and muddled thinking and that you will never be afraid to speak the truth to those in power.

“I hope that you will support each other in those difficult moments where you have to deliver messages that are disagreeable to those who need to hear them.”

Theresa May has been told to appoint an EU ambassador who “believes in Brexit” to help secure the best possible deal for Britain when negotiating with the EU.

Nigel Farage has been mooted as a potential replacement for Sir Ivan.

The former Ukip leader was tipped to take-over Britain’s ambassador to the US due to his close links with President-elect Donald Trump, however Downing Street moved quick to quash the rumours.

Incumbent Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has written to the honours committee to consider giving Nigel Farage a peerage for his role in delivering the Brexit vote.


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