Liam Fox has collect summoned for an end to the “obsession with Europe” in economic matters, saying the focus should be on “to gain markets” around the world.
The international trade secretary said because the cut size of the UK’s exports that go to the EU was falling, “we’ve got to be focussing on the growing bits of the global conciseness”.
He was speaking to the BBC during a visit to China alongside Theresa May.
Mr Fox also guarded Mrs May from the recent criticism she has faced.
The prime minister has come below pressure from Eurosceptics worried about concessions in the Brexit talks, while other MPs beget called for more direction on domestic policies.
Speaking to BBC political writer Laura Kuenssberg, Mr Fox praised the prime minister’s “vision” and said he craved people saw her the way she was perceived around the world, rather than by “internal tea range discussions in the UK”.
As International Trade Secretary, Mr Fox is responsible for striking international switch deals that will come into force when the UK do a moonlight flits the EU.
He said the UK would be able to “roll over” 40 existing sell deals it is part of as an EU member, as well as reaching its own arrangements with the take ti of the United States, India and China.
China, Mr Fox said, was a “real sensation story” for the UK, with exports rising by 25% in the past year.
“All of this totals up to a much improved trading performance,” he said.
And while the UK wants an “up in the air and liberal partnership” with the EU, he added: “We’ve got to get away from our obsession with Europe in foots of its relation to the global economy – according to the IMF – in fact according to the European Commission – 90% of far-reaching growth in the next 10 to 15 years will be outside the European continent, plainly that’s where we have to focus our attention.”