Liam Fox advocated the very solution to post-Brexit trade that he now says would be a “sell out”

Liam Fox has launched a fierce attack on Labour for proposing a customs union with the EU – despite backing the same idea before the referendum.

Jeremy Corbyn won backing from business leaders – and even George Osborne – yesterday for coming out in support of a customs union.

But in a speech today, Fox will argue accepting EU standards that come with such an arrangement would hamper efforts to sign trade deals with other countries.

And the International Trade Secretary will say: “We would be in a worse position than we are today. It would be a complete sell out of Britain’s national interests.”

Strong words.

Just one problem for Liam – he was advocating the very policy he’s criticising just a few years ago.

Marley Morris of the IPPR think tank dug out an article Fox wrote for the Mail on Sunday in 2012 and is still on the Tory MP’s website. It concludes:

“I believe that the best way forward is for Britain to renegotiate a new relationship with the European Union – one based on an economic partnership involving a customs union and a single market in goods and services.

“This would be, in effect, a common market without the political interference that the British people have found it increasingly difficult to tolerate and which politicians of both parties have discovered makes governing our own country increasingly difficult.”

Sell out…

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