PM's pick for World Trade Organisation chief Liam Fox is eliminated

PM's pick for World Trade Organisation chief Liam Fox is eliminated from selection process after EU states 'back other candidates'

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 15:00 BST, 8 October 2020 | Updated: 15:00 BST, 8 October 2020

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Boris Johnson's pick for next head of the World Trade Organisation admitted defeat in his battle for the job today.

Former Cabinet minister Liam Fox has been eliminated in the latest round of voting, ending his hopes of taking charge of the crucial body.

Dr Fox successfully made it through the first round of voting last month, when the field was whittled down from eight to five.

However, crucially the votes of EU states seem to have flowed to other candidates in the latest stage.

The WTO said Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria and Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea had made it through to the run-off. 

The UK will be relying on the terms set by the trade body if there is no deal with Brussels before the end of the transition period in January. 

Dr Fox said: 'I'm proud to have been nominated by the Prime Minister as the UK's nominee for the position of

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