Britain’s chief trade negotiator took home £380,000 last year – despite failing to sign a single new post-Brexit trade deal.
Crawford Falconer earns £265,000, but according to the Mail on Sunday he received an extra £101,000 in pension contributions and was given £19,000 to help him relocate to Britain.
International Trade Secretary Liam Foxhad promised to sign 40 free trade deals the “second after” Brexit .
At Tory Party conference in 2017, Dr Fox said: “I hear people saying ‘oh we won’t have any [free trade agreements] before we leave’. Well believe me we’ll have up to 40 ready for one second after midnight in March 2019,” he told cheering Tory activists.
The Trade Secretary added that “All these faint hearts saying we cannot do it – it’s absolute rubbish.”
But in the end only six trade deals were close to completion, eight were ‘off-track’ and another 19 were ‘significantly offtrack’ by March 2019.
Since then only 11 ‘roll-over’ deals have been signed, but no significant negotiations for new deals, such as with the US, have begun.
Anti-Brexit group Best For Britain commented: “This is disgusting. The only deal Falconer has negotiated is the lucrative one he’s secured for himself.”
“While he’s taking home hundreds of thousands, ordinary Brits are at risk of losing their jobs.
“We must stop Brexit to stop greedy men like Falconer taking advantage of our country.”
A Department for International Trade spokesman told the Mail on Sunday: “Crawford Falconer played a key role in securing the signing or agreement in principle of agreements with countries that account for 64% of the UK’s trade with all the countries with which the UK is seeking continuity in the event of a potential No Deal.”