Commenting on the latest comments from international trade secretary Liam Fox, that we will not be “blackmailed” by the EU, Lib Dem Leader Vince Cable said:
"It's far from clear how it helps the country to have this war of words continue, now fuelled by Dr Fox's latest comments.
“This confrontational approach suggests the government is dangerously relaxed about a collapse in negotiations, regardless of the very real risks to our economy if we crash out of Europe.
“It has become clear from this week’s embarrassing trade mission to Japan, and to India last year, that these countries have very little interest in a separate trade deal with Britain. Fox should concentrate on the uphill struggle he is facing, rather than trying to distract with tub-thumping rhetoric.”