Liam Fox sets out TWO tests for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal as he congratulates Lord Frost

Brexit: Liam Fox explains 'tests' for trade deal

The former International Trade Secretary explained he wanted to make sure the Brexit deal meant that the UK could have its own laws and regain its sovereignty. Mr Fox congratulated David Frost for getting a deal that critics said was not possible. Boris Johnson signed the post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union on Wednesday, adding his signature to that of EU chiefs after the document was flown from Brussels to London.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Fox said: “Those of us who voted and campaigned to leave the European Union did so for a number of reasons.

“I was always a constitutional Leaver. For me the test for this bill is does it return the sovreignty we sought and the answer is yes.

“All of these elements were compatible with those who live under the law should be determine those who make the law.

“That is what we have regained in this process.

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“The second test from me is does this allow us to have a genuinely independent trade policy.

“Let’s remember we were told it would take more than 10 years to reach a free trade agreement with the European Union.

“It would be impossible to roll over all the EU agreements that we had.

“I stood at that dispatch box and listened to the Opposition incessantly telling us that and so congratulations to the Department of International Trade, their ministers and officials for all that they have achieved.

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“And especially to David Frost for landing one of the world’s biggest if not biggest trade agreements in 11 months.

“It is a world record against something which we were told was not possible.”

It comes as peers are set to join MPs in backing Boris Johnson’s historic post-Brexit trade deal with the EU.

The European Union (Future Relationship) Bill, bringing the deal into UK law, was overwhelmingly approved in the Commons by 521 votes to 73.

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Despite reservations about the legislation being rushed through Parliament in just one day, the Lords is set to follow suit later on Wednesday.

Lords leader Baroness Evans of Bowes Park urged peers to put years of turbulence over Brexit behind them and look forward to a new chapter in the UK’s relationship with the EU.

Lady Evans said the “historic” deal was worth over £660 billion and delivered on commitments made to the British people.

It “takes back control of our money, borders, laws and waters” while protecting the Good Friday Agreement, she insisted.

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