“I want to get a deal with Canada but we’re now in the Canadian elections. They’re in a purdah period so we cannot continue those discussions”

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, BBC Politics Live

October 1, 2019

Claim

Truss said this when asked why the UK had not agreed with Canada to roll over its trade deal with the EU if there is a no-deal Brexit.

Facts

Although Canada does usually put international business on hold during elections, it had already in July refused to extend its deal with the EU to the UK. At the time, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox blamed MPs for ruining Britain’s negotiating position by making no deal less likely.

Verdict

Truss’s statement was misleading. When I emailed the press office at her department to ask whether the secretary of state stood by what she said, there was no reply.

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