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Tony Abbott’s UK trade role sparks conflict of interest concerns

Calls for Australian government to regard him as a foreign agent and explain how he can possibly work on a post-Brexit trade deal

The controversial appointment of Australian former prime minister Tony Abbott as an official trade adviser for the UK has sparked questions as to how he will manage conflicts of interest.

The UK government officially confirmed Abbott’s appointment on Friday, defying a barrage of criticism over accusations of misogynistic and homophobic comments, and his views on the climate emergency.

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