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Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats

Liam Fox flies into Philippines to grovel to sinister president for Brexit trade deal

April 4, 2017 1:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is visiting the Philippines and meeting with President Duterte, a person who compared the killings of suspected drug addicts to the Holocaust, said Obama should 'go to hell' and has admitted to personally murdering people.

Commenting on the meeting Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Tom Brake said: "Duterte is one of the 21st century's most sinister leaders and Liam Fox has flown halfway around the world to grovel to him. The fact that the first visit made by Fox since triggering Article 50 is to the Philippines shows just how low this government is willing to stoop in order to secure even a minimal trade deal in the future.

"According to UK trade statistics, the value of our exports to the Philippines are just £500 million a year- to put this into context our total international trade is currently over £28 billion a month.

"So not only is Fox blind to the horrific human rights abuses and endemic corruption in the Philippines, he's also clearly oblivious to the actual realities of doing trade with them.

"No amount of pandering to corrupt regimes can replace our membership of the Single Market, which is why the Liberal Democrats will continue to fight against the hard, divisive Brexit this government is pursuing."