Brexit: UK nominates Liam Fox to lead World Trade Organization



Nick Eardley | BBC News

The UK government has nominated former cabinet minister Liam Fox as its candidate to lead the World Trade Organization.

The body is searching for a new director-general to replace Brazilian Roberto Azevedo at the end of August.

Boris Johnson said Mr Fox was a “passionate advocate of multilateralism” with “detailed knowledge” of global trading.

Labour said the WTO would “immediately discount” Mr Fox for the role.

Shadow international trade secretary Emily Thornberry said it was “extraordinary” Mr Johnson would choose a candidate he fired from his role after becoming PM, adding: “There will be little trust in somebody who promised so much in regards to Britain’s future trade yet delivered so little.”

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