Barry Gardiner, Shadow Secretary for International Trade commenting on Liam Fox’s meeting with President Duterte of the Philippines, said:
“As we leave the European Union the United Kingdom will need to expand trade with countries all around the world and it is right that the government should be pursuing that vigorously. However we must be very careful not to sacrifice fundamental principles in the process.
“It is deeply worrying that Liam Fox's first destination after the triggering of Article 50 is the Philippines where President Duterte’s regime has caused huge concern over its flagrant disregard for human rights. What is even more worrying is Liam Fox’s talk of shared common values between our countries.
“Let it be clear that we do not share common values with President Duterte who wants to bring back the death penalty and lower the age of criminal responsibility to nine.
“Labour is clear that our international trade strategy must be rooted in fair, democratic and sustainable principles not economic benefits alone.”