The legendary cricketer was named to the post this week, sparking widespread criticism from hysterical remnants. However, this fear and criticism has been ridiculed by Marco Longhi, Tory MP for Dudley North and trade envoy for Brazil. Mr Longhi, who was recently appointed to the post, claimed that Lord Botham’s position in both Britain and Australia from the sport would benefit the country.
Talking to Express.co.uk, Mr Longhi claimed that the criticism from Remainers was only from those who “embittered” Brexit.
“Of course it will help,” Longhi said.
“I knew he was a strong leaver.
“And that’s clearly a good thing from my perspective, because it allows us to do what we’re actually already doing.
“I would like to see the criticism as, and I myself have taken some myself, from people who are clearly outraged that they have lost the referendum.
“It is very unfortunate that they have not joined forces with many remaining to say ‘we have lost that vote and let’s move on and succeed’.”
Although not known for his political career, Lord Botham gained fame after leading England to victory over Australia during the 1981 Ashes series.
Although much has been said about Lord Botham’s appointment, David Henig, director of the think tank European Center for International Political Economy (ECIPE), rejected the senseless rage against the former English cricketer.
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“There are very few trade success stories (or failures) that have been specifically attributed to trade broadcasts.
“So probably this is just a little more flag-waving, which is pretty much fine, that’s what countries do.
“There are more than enough reasons to criticize the government for trade.
“The fact that the British trade experts are united in being uncomfortable about Lord Botham’s appointment as a trade envoy should tell you that this is not one of them. Move on.”
The government has envoys in more than 60 countries to help facilitate trade.
Trade Secretary Liz Truss also praised the appointment: “We are delighted to have named cricket legend Ian Botham as our new trade envoy to Australia Flag of United KingdomFlag of Australia