Mr Davis, who voted to Leave the EU, has been criticised for his plans to take the UK out of the EU single market and the customs union.Labour’s Chuka Umunna made reference to the Brexit Secretary’s remarks made in 2012 where he backed the trading arrangements.The remarks were made in November 2012, two months before former Prime Minster David Cameron announced he would hold an EU referendum if the Conservatives won the 2015 General Election.
GETTY Brexit Secretary David Davis has pledged that UK should make its own trade deals
GETTY Chuka Umunna chairs the Vote Leave Watch group which has vowed to hold Brexiteers accountable’
But Mr Umunna, speaking last night, claimed they “should shake the faith of this Tory Government in the hard-Brexit path they are pursuing”.Mr Umunna – who chairs Vote Leave Watch, a group which has pledged to hold Brexiteers “accountable” – told the Mail on Sunday: “The Brexit Secretary needs to explain why he has changed his mind, why we should be leaving the single market and customs union when he admits they have been ‘successes’, and what evidence his department has that doing so will not damage our economy.“David Davis’s U-turn suggests that… he, like the Prime Minister, has been taken hostage by the hard Right of the Tory Party.”
David Davis’s U-turn suggests that… he, like the Prime Minister, has been taken hostage by the hard Right of the Tory Party
Allies of Mr Davis have hit back, accusing Mr Umunna of “raking over” old speeches.A source close to the Brexit Secretary said: “[In 2012] Mr Davis set out a number of different ways that the UK might thrive if it chose to leave the EU.“He is now a member of a Government that is determined to respect the referendum result, build a new partnership with the EU and forge new trading links with the rest of the world rather than spend its time having the same old arguments.”During the 2012 speech, which is understood to have been mostly Eurospcetic, Mr Davis said the European Union “has enjoyed some successes, namely the single market”.He also praised the Brussel bloc for its “enlargement which has brought a number of countries with troubled histories into the modern, democratic world”.
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