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Liz Truss new Secretary of State for International Trade

Published on 24 July 2019



Just ahead of her birthday on Friday, Liz Truss has been made President of the Board of Trade and Secretary of State for International Trade.

In an interview for the BBC's Daily Politics on 11th October 2017, and then The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Ms Truss, who backed Remain in 2016, admitted she had "changed her mind" on Brexit.

She said she had believed there would be "massive economic problems" if Britain voted to leave the EU, but these had "not come to pass".

Ms Truss told the BBC's Daily Politics: "The reason I've said [I would now back Brexit] is because I voted to Remain because I was concerned about the economy but what we've seen since the Brexit vote is our economy has done well.

"We've attracted new overseas investment, we haven't seen the dire predictions come to pass. We have seen new opportunities to trade with the rest of the world, I think that's exciting.

"I believed there would be massive economic problems but those haven't come to pass and I've also seen the opportunities. The other thing is it was a big moment on June 23rd when British people voted to leave and it was an expression about what kind of country we wanted to be and I think that has changed the debate in this country as well."

She has been MP for South West Norfolk since 2010. In 2012 she was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education, until she was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2014 to 2016), Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor from (2016 to 2017) and Chief Secretary to the Treasury from (2017 to 2019).

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