Stevens – Fox needs schoolchildren onside for endless and fruitless negotiations - People's Vote

Stevens – Fox needs schoolchildren onside for endless and fruitless negotiations

Commenting on Liam Fox’s claim that trade policy should be taught as part of the school curriculum, Jo Stevens MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“It is no wonder that Liam Fox is now trying to get school children trained up as trade negotiators, because, as he acknowledges, Brexit is going to see us stuck in arguments, negotiations and renegotiations about even basic trade arrangements for a generation or more to come.

“Today’s 16-year-olds will be thinking about pension planning and what to buy the grandchildren for Christmas by the time they conclude their first deal if the current pace of progress continues.

“Fox and friends once promised us a cornucopia of trade deals would be ready to sign the second we left the EU. Yet so far the best he’s managed are a few agreements – with the likes of the Faroe Islands – that things won’t actually get any worse. Meanwhile the EU has signed deals with Japan, Canada and now the giant South American Mercosur trade bloc that we will be locked out of if we quit the EU.

“The destructive Brexit being forced on the country increasingly looks like it could spell disaster for our trade with the rest of the world, as well as with Europe. There is only one way out this mess and that is to give the people the final say on whatever emerges from the Brexit process in a People’s Vote.”

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For more on Liam Fox’s suggestion see: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/14/trade-should-taught-national-curriculum-liam-fox-mp-says/