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    British business is "too fat and lazy" for beneficial exporting, free trading and preservation of previous generations' heritage, UK Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The minister said that the UK companies were unprepared to take advantage of the trade deals he was planning to negotiate.

    "This country is not the free-trading nation that it once was. We have become too lazy, and too fat on our successes in previous generations," Fox stated, speaking at a Conservative Way Forward reception.

    His remarks were made public as The Times unveiled a recording of the event.

    According to Fox, British business executives are generally more interested in playing golf on a Friday afternoon than in exporting. He called on those contributing to national prosperity to consider exporting as a duty, and devote more time and conscious approach to it.

    Fox assumed office on July 13 in the new cabinet headed by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, as then-Prime minister David Cameron resigned following the country's popular vote to leave the European Union.


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