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Replace anti-Brexit UK trade envoys, says Iain Duncan Smith

PM is forced to defend continuing government roles for appointees who voted against the triggering of article 50

Theresa May has been forced to defend her appointment of “trade envoys” to champion the UK’s bilateral relationships after a senior Conservative figure called for them to be sacked as a result of their opposition to Brexit.

The former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said it was unacceptable that so many of the 21 appointees, who are not paid for their roles but do have expenses covered, had not supported the government’s position on leaving the EU.

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