Liam Fox had better not be late for meetings of the UK government’s brand new Board of Trade – because he will be its only official member.
The international trade secretary’s role was confirmed earlier by his department, as the Board met for the 1st time, in Bristol.
An official was quick to say “which’s not just Liam Fox sitting in a room on his own”, adding which would certainly be “peculiar”.
Full membership, which seems, will be restricted to Privy Counsellors.
There are 14 advisers to the Board, including ministers along with business figures, although only Mr Fox belongs to the elite group of senior politicians who advise the Queen.
An international trade department spokesperson said: “We’ve been clear the Board of Trade needs to to act as the eyes along with ears of modern business.
“which will be why we are drawing on prominent figures through business along with politics across the UK along with not just restricting to Privy Counsellors, as happened inside past.”
The Board of Trade dates backs to the 17th Century although in modern times its president has tended to be the business secretary.