Olly Robbins isn’t the only Government official in the bad books of Brexiteer ministers this morning.
It appears Liam Fox arrived to work furious to find his Department for International Trade had yesterday shared a graphic on Twitter explaining the perceived benefits for British business of the EU-Canada trade deal that comes into force this week:
Because the eagle-eyed barrister Jo Maugham has spotted that the tweet has been deleted this morning:
Liam Fox’s department just deleted last night’s tweet about all the wonderful stuff the EU was getting for us and we’d lose when we left. pic.twitter.com/ql9xnu9dqC
— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) September 19, 2017
The purge hasn’t yet reached the Government’s website though, which informs businesses:
You can see why the Brexiteers don’t want to make a song and dance made about CETA.
In the week that Theresa May and Liam Fox went to begin negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal with Canada, Britain will begin benefiting (depending on your point of view) from one that has already been implemented by the EU.
Far from increasing the trade opportunities for British business, Brexit is going to disrupt them.
More concerning is that with Liam Fox in charge of our own trade deal, it’s likely to come with fewer protections for workers, consumers, animals or the environment.
Global Justice Now warns:
“A replicated version of CETA between the UK and Canada would be likely to include the most controversial element – powers for corporations to sue governments for enacting laws and making decisions that might be in the public good, but may impact corporate profit margins. There are numerous examples from similar trade deals where companies have used these powers to challenge labour laws, environmental protections and consumer standards.”
Chlorine-washed moose, anybody?