Jeremy Vine caller says Ian Botham will ‘open doors’
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The legendary cricketer was appointed to the position this week which sparked widespread criticism from hysterical Remainers. However, those fears and criticisms have been laughed off by Marco Longhi, Tory MP for Dudley North and trade envoy for Brazil. Mr Longhi, who was recently appointed to the position, claimed Lord Botham’s stance in both the UK and Australia from the sport will benefit the country.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Longhi claimed the criticism from Remainers is merely from those who “embittered” by Brexit.
“Of course it will help,” Mr Longhi said.
“I knew that he was a strong Leaver.
“And clearly that is a good thing from my perspective because that gives us the opportunity to do what we’re actually now already doing.
“I would see the criticisms as, and I’ve even picked some up myself, from people who are clearly embittered by the fact that they have lost the referendum.
“It’s a great pity they have not joined many Remainers in saying ‘we’ve lost that vote and let’s move on and make a success of it’.”
While not known for his political career, Lord Botham shot to fame after leading England to victory against Australia during the 1981 Ashes series.
Although there has been much said on Lord Botham’s appointment, David Henig the director of thinktank the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) dismissed the pointless fury towards the former England cricketer.
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He tweeted: “Lots of attention to the announcement of Ian Botham as trade envoy to Australia.
“Undeserved attention either way – these are quite minor roles which may help or hinder UK Government or business efforts at the margins, but are not central.
“At best, through their connections the trade envoys may be able to help generate some new business, fix a market access issue, or facilitate introductions.
“At worst, they may sometimes try to interfere beyond their expertise. Generally it is just a bit more low-level diplomacy.
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“There are very few trade success stories (or failures) which have been specifically attributed to trade envoys.
“So most likely this is just a bit more flag-waving, which is by and large fine, this is what countries do.
“There’s more than enough reasons to criticise the government on trade.
“The fact that the UK trade experts are united in being unbothered about Lord Botham’s trade envoy appointment should tell you this isn’t one of them. Move on.”
The Government has envoys in more than 60 countries in order to help facilitate trade.
Trade Secretary Liz Truss also praised the appointment: “Delighted we have appointed cricket legend Ian Botham as our new trade envoy to Australia Flag of United KingdomFlag of Australia
“Ian will bat for the UK business Down Under and help them seize the opportunities created by our historic trade deal.”
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