‘Fat and lazy’ Britain is ill-prepared to secure future outside EU – UK Trade Secretary

‘Fat and lazy’ Britain is ill-prepared to secure future outside EU, says Fox

International trade secretary Liam Fox says business leaders have no appetite for the deals and exports needed to survive after the vote for Brexit 

Liam Fox, the international trade secretary

Liam Fox,

 – The Guardian –  Saturday 10 September 2016

Fox, a former GP and staunch Eurosceptic, suggested business executives would rather be playing golf on a Friday afternoon than negotiating export deals.

He made the remarks, first reported by the Times, at a Conservative Way Forward event for business leaders in parliament.  

“If you want to share in the prosperity of our country, you have a duty to contribute to the prosperity of our country,” he said. “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.   [Read more]

Also read:

Business leaders and MPs attack Liam Fox over ‘fat and lazy’ accusations

Innocent Drinks founder Richard Reed says claims are ‘disgusting’ while Tory MP Nicholas Soames urges trade secretary to ‘shut up’

Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, has been strongly criticised by businesspeople and politicians for suggesting British executives would rather play golf than export their goods and services, in an extraordinary attack on the country’s “lazy” business culture.

Fox, a former GP and staunch Eurosceptic, told a reception for the Thatcherite group Conservative Way Forward that the UK had grown “too fat” on the successes of previous generations.

The MP for North Somerset’s comments were roundly condemned, with one entrepreneur calling them “disgusting”, while a fellow Tory MP urged Fox to “shut up”.  [Read more]

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