Tony Abbot should not be the UK Trade Envoy

Tony Abbot should not be the UK Trade Envoy

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Veronica Lyons started this petition to UK Government, UK Parliament,

Tony Abbott, failed Australian Prime Minister and unelected by the UK population, is likely to be appointed by this government to lead trade negotiations on our behalf. His philosophy on successful trade dealing was reported thus in the Spectator Australia, March 2017... "Abbott said he had made three contributions as prime minister to getting the deals done: setting a deadline, ensuring focus from the top, and endeavouring “to ensure that we weren’t side-tracked by peripheral issues such as labour and environmental standards”. He added: “Our insight was to grasp that free trade deals are too important to leave to the officials.”" 

Considering his philosophy, could he be trusted to insist on the trading standards we currently expect and enjoy or would his criteria be wholly based on cost and political advantage, disregarding “peripheral issues" such as safety, employment rights, animal welfare, climate impact etc? How, for example, would our NHS be affected, especially considering his support for Donald Trump and the serious interest being shown by US companies in particular? Can we trust this man to consider the wellbeing of the UK population in respect of food standards, medicines, health treatment for example when negotiating international trade deals on our behalf?

Mr Abbott is a controversial figure. He is a climate change denier, has no qualms about making misogynistic and homophobic comments, has been critical of international responses to COVID 19, calling them panic measures and he believes elderly sufferers should be left to die "naturally". He is clearly a man without empathy, consideration or respect for others and as such, he displays no appreciation of the values held widely within the UK. This Tory government, in seeking to appoint Mr Abbott, appears to be satisfied with his trade strategy despite it being clearly at odds with the pre-Brexit promise that any future trade deals would be equal to, if not better than, those we are used to.

If you are as concerned as I am about the appointment of Tony Abbott to this, or any unelected role on your behalf, please sign this petition, pass it on, write to your MP or express your thoughts via social media. 

 

 

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