Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Europe, Energy and Climate Change,commenting on the leaked documents setting out the danger of fines by the EU Commission if the UK attempts to start trade talks that are explicitly prohibited under the existing treaty, said:
"It is precisely this mixture of arrogance and incompetence by Liam Fox that will cause major problems for the UK in our Brexit relations with Europe.
Fox seems to think he can just ignore the rules and that the EU will neither notice nor seek to retaliate in any way. Mr. Fox has a record of acting as if the rules do not apply to him.
"The Prime Minister must realise that if she wants to protect the UK's interest and secure a new relationship with Europe that protects access to the single market and controls immigration then she must stop cavalier ministers like Fox from alienating the very people on whom our future relationship with Europe depends."