The leader of the Labor Party wrote a four-page letter to Ms Truss’ successor criticizing her legacy. Anne Maire Trevelyan has taken on the responsibility of sealing post-Brexit trade deals as part of a government reshuffle.
In her letter, Ms Thornberry described 25 ‘mistakes to be corrected’ as she attacked Britain’s trade achievements after Brexit.
She wrote: ‘There are great opportunities for the UK both to increase our exports worldwide from sectors where we are already globally known, from food and drink to financial services, but also to be world leaders in new and fastest growing export markets, in areas ranging from green technologies to digital services, all with the aim of boosting jobs and growth in the country.
“However, before we can discuss this positive agenda, it is important to address the many and varied issues that you have inherited from your predecessor.
“While Liz Truss failed to strike a single new deal that we didn’t already have in the EU during her two years and two months in the trading role, she didn’t leave you a completely blank sheet of paper.
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“Instead, there are a large number of difficulties to be solved and errors to be corrected.”
The vast majority of trade deals signed by the UK after Brexit have been continuity agreements that repeat the terms of pacts made while the UK was a member of the EU.
However, Ms Thornberry’s letter appears to completely miss two agreements reached which are different from those concluded with the EU.
In October 2020, the UK signed an agreement with Japan.
At the time, Mrs Truss described the pact as a “revolutionary agreement in British form”.
Adapted to the UK economy, it got additional benefits beyond the EU-Japan deal.
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The deal focused heavily on digital trade, but also reduced tariffs and increased export quotas for UK products such as pork and poultry.
The fish processing sector, retail and consumers have also benefited from cheaper imports of shrimp, shrimp and white fish.
Ms Truss was appointed foreign minister on Wednesday as a reward for her success in trade.
In addition to the continuity agreements and the new deal, the MP for South West Norfolk has also negotiated several large-scale deals that are expected to be formalized in the coming weeks.
Agreements with Australia, New Zealand, India and accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership are all expected to be concluded in the coming months.
Her record as Secretary of Commerce has made Ms. Truss a favorite among Conservative members.
In her new role, she will now be responsible for promoting Boris Johnson’s Global Britain vision to the rest of the world.
Taking over in the commercial role, Trevelyan said she was “delighted” to join the Cabinet.