Dr Liam Fox returned to the frontbench as a favourite of the Tory grassroots – underlining Theresa May’s efforts to appease those on the right of her party. The remit of his new department will be interesting, as traditionally the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ‘sells’ the UK to other nations: maintaining these trading relations is critical to making Brexit work. The Brexit department will be delivering the EU trade deal, so Dr Fox has been charged with producing frameworks for trade deals. However, this leaves the FCO in something of a grey area, already creating showdowns between Johnson and Fox.
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