UK businesses are too ‘fat and lazy’ says minister
THE British minister charged with boosting international trade postBrexit has slammed the country’s businesses as being too “fat and lazy” to capitalise on the opportunity.
“This country is not the free-trading nation that it once was,” Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox told a reception for Conservative activists last week.
“We have become too lazy, and too fat on our successes in previous generations,” he added, saying executive were more interested in “playing golf ” than striking deals.
Mr Fox will play a key role in establishing Britain’s position on the world stage as it leaves the European Union, but his comments are likely to cause outrage among the business community that he represents.
The trade minister warned that the arduous task of negotiating trade deals with international partners in the wake of Brexit would be a waste of time “if we don’t have the exporters to fill those markets”.
“We have got to stop thinking about exporting as an opportunity and start thinking of it as a duty.
“Companies who could be contributing to our national prosperity choose not to because it might be too difficult or because they can’t play golf on a Friday afternoon,” he said. –