Liam Fox’s mission to Washington DC appeared to end in failure yesterday, as no progress was made in his attempt to be granted an exemption to Donald Trump’s steel tariffs. Having labelled the tariffs "absurd" on BBC Question Time last week and boasted they were the reason for his trip to Washington, Fox's statement on the talks consigned the issue to a virtual footnote.
Speaking ahead of the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, Global Justice Now’s director Nick Dearden said: “Tomorrow we will see what ‘Global Britain’ means in practice. The British Prime Minister will kowtow to one of the world’s worst human rights abusers in a desperate bid to sign a trade deal and secure investment in the City of London.
The UK government's flagship Trade Bill is in crisis, after the parliamentary process was reportedly postponed until May over fears that the government will be defeated on amendments to stay in a European customs union.
Reacting to Theresa May and Donald Trump's meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where they asked officials to finalise a visit by the president to the UK later this year, Nick Dearden director of Global Justice Now, said:
Finance, accountancy and fossil fuel companies dominate meetings held by UK’s Brexit and Trade departments. UK government accused of sidelining concerns of civil society by granting extremely privileged access to corporate lobbyists.