TORY MP Michael Fabricant has lashed out at Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement, insisting the UK's future as a global trading hub would be "dashed" under her deal.
Mr Fabricant said Sir Lockwood Smith, who was New Zealand’s High Commissioner until 2017, was also dismissive of Mrs May's Brexit deal.
Mr Smith said it would be "difficult" for the UK to meet the requirements of other free trade agreements around the world, particularly with The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Speaking about The CPTPP, Mr Smith said: “The CPTPP is the largest free trade agreement in history, covering both goods and services. Apart from lowering and in most sectors eliminating tariffs, it also reduces non-tariff barriers to trade – regulatory barriers behind the border that often delay if not prevent trade.