The former Australian Prime Minister says he is keen to contribute his expertise in international commerce to his new role as a trade adviser to the government of the United Kingdom.
According to Boris Johnson, the claims saying that Tony Abbot was the wrong choice for the role are not correct; despite the former minister has a history of criticism commenting on climate change, women, and LGBT people.
The UK Prime Minister further says that others should not expect him to agree with all those opinions or people who worked with the government. He also said that Mr. Tony Abbot was an elected leader by the liberal democratic people of Australia, which he thought roared for itself.
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Tony Abbot had negotiated trade deals for Australia when he was in power. He will, however, not participate in the post-Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom. He will present himself as the adviser to the new Board of Trade, embolden firms, and help ministers to do more business globally.
The Board of Trade to the UK Government has other advisers too, including Linda Yueh, economist and broadcaster, Daniel Hannan, former Conservative Member of the European Parliament, and Patricia Hewitt, a former Labor health secretary.
Abbot posted his zeal on Twitter, saying that he was too keen to help the United Kingdom with Trade. His appointment in the role has led to criticism from the British opposition parties and equality campaigners, including Ian Mc Kellen, who believes that Abbot’s past comments do not make him a suitable candidate for the role.
Tony Abbot had opposed same-gender marriages in the Australian referendum in 2017. He has also been accused of giving misogynistic and homophobic comments in the past. Abbott also had called the concept of climate change “faddish” and claimed that a climate cut had a grip over the planet.
Although the appointment of the former Australian Prime Minister sparked several concerns in some quarters, the British government looked firm about its decision at this time and did not want to take it back.
Emily Thornberry, the secretary to the Shadow international development, said that Mr. Tony Abbot was not the right choice on any level and did not have any experience of detailed trade talks. She added that Abbot does not have an understanding of Brexit, concern for workers’ rights, or belief in climate change.
According to an open letter written by the group of equality activists, Mr. Tony Abbot is a man who describes abortion as an easy way out and suggests that men are by temperament more adjusted to exercise authority or to issue commands. Considering all those reasons and maybe more besides, the former Australian PM does not suit to represent the country as the UK’s trade envoy.
Sir Ed Davey, a leader to the Liberal Democrat, believes that Abbot does not have any place in any British government. Kristen Oswald, the deputy Westminster leader of the SNP, considered the appointment as “beyond indefensible”.
Christine Forster, the sister of Tony Abbot, on the other hand, defended her brother against the claims of homophobia and misogyny. Using Twitter, Froster said that she was the woman who had always been a part of Abbot’s life. She came out to him as gay in her early 40s. She further said that she knew incontrovertibly that Tony Abbot is neither of the said things. In reality, he is a person of great intellect and conviction. He is an unabashed conservative but has great compassion and respect for others as well as an ineffaceable sense of doing right.
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