Liam Fox is the man tasked with establishing Britain’s new role in the world of trade as it prepares to leave its biggest export market. Fox has served as North Somerset’s MP since 1992. He holds the title of Secretary of State for International Trade and has been the President of the Board of Trade since 2016.
Fox studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and after graduating became a GP and a Civilian Army Medical Officer before he moved into politics. Like many others in the political realm, he has held a number of positions throughout his career. He has been the Constitutional Affairs Spokesman, the Shadow Health Secretary, Chair of the Conservative Party, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Shadow Defence Secretary. He unsuccessfully stood for the leadership of the Conservative Party both in 2005 and 2016.
He will spend the next few years travelling around the world on diplomatic missions to ensure new trade arrangements with other countries can be reached. Fox will likely be the one the UK nominates to help define Britain’s future economic relationship with the EU after Brexit.
Fox has described himself as a “staunch Eurosceptic” and supported the UK’s decision to leave. He has stirred controversy for standing by his claim that the UK’s Brexit trade deal would be the “easiest in human history” and views the country’s divorce from the EU as a chance to reclaim national sovereignty.