Former trade minister Liam Fox was confronted with his previous claims about the UK ‘easily’ securing a Brexit deal with the EU.
Sky News’s Kay Burley said:
"You said that the Brexit deal would be the easiest in human history. Doesn’t age well that, does it?"
Fox responded with a quibble over semantics.
“You said that the Brexit deal would be the easiest in human history. Doesn’t age well that, does it?”
"Well I said it should be. Not would be."The reason I said that was that we were starting from an unusual place in that we already had complete tariff-free trade which we would want to retain. I think that is probably where we’ll end up. I still think that a Brexit deal is entirely possible."
Fox indeed said that negotiating a free trade deal “should be one of the easiest in human history” in July 2017.
He went on to add:
"The only reason we wouldn’t come to a free and open agreement is because politics gets in the way of economics. "
People are unimpressed with his analysis.
Brexit negotiations, both within the UK and with the EU, have trudged on for more than four years.
Even now that the UK has formally left the EU, a trade deal has not been reached despite government ministers claiming to be ‘optimistic’ and ‘hopeful’.
This, of course, comes after Boris Johnson repeatedly claimed to have a deal “oven ready” in the lead up to the 2019 general election.
Let’s just wait and see whether any of these cheerful predictions are proven correct when the window for negotiation closes on December 31st.