Tony abbott, the controversial former australian prime minister, is confirmed as a trade agent to boris johnsons government, despite general public reservations from conservative and resistance mps.

The division for overseas trade launched on friday that mr abbott would join its board of trade alongside various other significant economists and politicians.

Their session was reported last week but resulted in an intense backlash because of his socially conventional views and political record in australian continent.

Their time as prime minister of australian continent ended up being punctuated by conflict because of his opposition to actions to handle environment change, his opposition to homosexual relationship, and a hardline immigration plan, turning back once again asylum ships and locking up refugees on remote pacific islands.

Leading uk resistance figures have known as on mr johnson to reconsider. keir starmer, frontrunner regarding the labour celebration, said he previously real issues about mr abbotts session. caroline nokes, a tory mp and previous minister, stated this is certainly such an awful idea, im unsure i am able to develop words for exactly how awful i believe it really is.

But liz truss, international trade secretary, stated your brand-new board of trade will make the scenario at no cost trade across the uk and further afield.

At the same time of increased protectionism and worldwide insecurity, its important the uk is a stronger sound for available areas which we perform a meaningful role in reshaping worldwide trading principles alongside similar countries, ms truss said.

Explaining mr abbotts visit, one division for overseas trade authoritative stated: tony had been opted for partly because he believes in britains values of available areas, liberal democracy, and rules-based free-trade.

When quizzed about mr abbotts rightwing views on same-sex relationship and environment modification, mr johnson stated on friday he couldn't trust those sentiments but included he ended up being elected because of the great, liberal democratic country of australia which speaks for itself.

The advisers into the board of trade will engage with organizations and industry groups in an attempt to improve trade, but will not have any direct role in striking trade agreements.

Ms truss will lead the board, which includes been around in several forms since 1621, while marcus fysh, the traditional mp for yeovil, has been appointed as the deputy president.

Other members of the board of trade including oxford economist linda yueh, former conservative mep daniel hannan, ex-labour cabinet minister patricia hewitt, business owner anne boden and karen betts, leader for the scottish whisky association.