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Who’s the biggest failure in the Brexit cabinet: Chris Grayling – or Liam Fox?

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How badly do you have to mess up, these days, before you’re not allowed in Theresa May’s cabinet? Just how far does tolerance stretch? You might imagine Chris Grayling to be the ultimate prototype in this real-world experiment, with his granting then cancelling of a £13.8m ferry contract to a ferry company with no ferries, but let us also observe the progress of Liam Fox.

Fox is one of the most vocal and optimistic Brexiteers in politics. In 2016, he declared that a trade deal with the EU would be “one of the easiest in human history”. In 2017, he promised to “replicate the 40 EU free trade agreements that exist before we leave the European Union so we’ve got no disruption of trade”, and they would be ready “one second after midnight in March 2019”.

Yesterday, six short weeks before that midnight, it was revealed that Fox, as secretary of state for international trade, has managed to “roll over” just six of the 40 trade deals. This is not........

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