Britain appoints Australia's Abbott to trade role despite opposition
Britain appoints Australia's Abbott to trade role despite opposition

The British government appointed former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott as a post-Brexit trade adviser on Friday, despite objections from opposition lawmakers and other critics.Abbott is one of nine external advisers joining ministers in a new trade group charged with “using their influence to help Britain … forge a stronger global consensus for free trade,” the government said.It said the advisers will take no direct role in trade talks but will advise ministers as negotiations with the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand “enter the crucial later stages.”Many opposition la…

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