New controversy over Tony Abbott’s commercial role on Brexit | Australia News

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Tony Abbott, the former Australian prime minister, boasted of signing deals with China because he was not “distracted by peripheral issues such as labor and environmental standards”, raising further questions about the UK government’s stated intention to use him as a trade envoy.Abbott would be named a member of the Board of Trade, which advises Boris Johnson and Commerce Secretary Liz Truss on future trade deals and will be a key part of the UK’s future trade strategy after Brexit.

Abbot’s earlier accounts of his role in Australia’s trade deals with China, Korea and Japan, signed during his two-year tenure as prime minister, suggest he would have little in sympathy for the government’s stated intentions to uphold UK standards on food, the environment and workers’ rights.

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