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Britain’s HISTORIC MOMENT: David Davis reveals Government’s Brexit strategy

THE Brexit Secretary declared Britain will leave the European Union and take control of our borders and laws in his first major speech since the referendum.

explained the Government’s emerging terms of withdrawal and said the Government is confident that Britain will “flourish outside of the EU keeping members as friends, allies and trading partners.”He said Britain would not turn its back on Europe as it seized the “historic and positive moment for our nation”.

The Brexit Secretary, flanked by and Liam Fox, spoke of his plans to get a “unique deal” during negotiations with Brussels.

Outlining his 300-strong department’s plans Mr Davis said the Government will build a national consensus for EU talks, put Britain’s interests first, minimise uncertainty and leave the EU.

Our instructions from the British people are clear, Britain is leaving the EU

David Davis

He said: “Our instructions from the British people are clear, Britain is leaving the EU.”The mandate for that course is overwhelming.”

Making his first appearance at the despatch box since 2008, he said: “We can get the right trade policy, we can create a more dynamic economy.

“We want to make sure our regulatory environment helps rather than hinders workers, control numbers and encourages brightest and best to come to this country.

“We do not see Brexit as ending our relationship with Europe its about starting a new one.”

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David Davis will outline the Brexit strategy today


Mr Davis told parliament: “As the prime minister has made clear, there will be no attempt to stay in the EU by the back door.”No attempt to delay, frustrate or thwart the will of the British people. No attempt to engineer a second referendum because some people didn’t like the first answer.”

He also said the government was firm that it wanted to have the “freest possible trading relationship” with the EU while controlling immigration into Britain.

“We want steadfast and successful EU after we depart and so as we proceed we will be guided by clear principles.

“First, a national consensus around the position, secondly we will always put national interest first, thirdly we will try to minimise uncertainty and fourth we will have left and put the sovereignty and supremacy of this parliament beyond doubt.”

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David Davis addressed the House of Commons


Mr Davis revealed his newly created department has 180 people working for Brexit in London and a further 120 officials in Brussels.He said Theresa May will lead the exit negotiations with the support of his department.

Speaking to Yvette Cooper Mr Davis said he wanted to “maintain” as many security agreements as possible with the EU as she quizzed him on Europol.

Opposition MPs shouted “waffle” as the Brexit Secretary delivered his speech.

Mr Davis told the House of Commons: PARLIAMENT

Mr Davis told the House of Commons: “We will trigger Article 50 as soon as is reasonably possible.”


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Shadow Brexit secretary Emily Thornberry called for a vote on Article 50


Shadow Brexit secretary Emily Thornberry described the Commons statement as containing “empty platitudes”.She said: “Where is the negotiation strategy, what serious consultation has taken place with member states and in the absence of either why are the Government pushing ahead with article 50?”

Mrs Thornberry accused the Government of “rank incompetence” and called for a vote on article 50 being triggered.

She told Speaker John Bercow, with “no evidence of sound planning , no detail whatsoever on deal they want to strike, Parliament must have more of a say on those issues, we must have a vote.”

The Brexit Secretary told the House of Commons Britain would be better off being a month late in starting the formal divorce procedure for leaving the EU than getting its negotiating stance wrong.Mr Davis also told parliament that Britain does not need to be a member of the EU’s single market to have access to it.

He said: “We will trigger Article 50 as soon as is reasonably possible.

“I would rather be a month late and get it right than be a month early and get it wrong.”

In his opening remarks, Mr Davis said Brexit is about “getting the best deal for Britain” with something that is unique rather than an “off-the-shelf solution”.

He also said withdrawal from the EU is not about “making the best of a bad job” as he pledged to secure a “national consensus”.

Mr Davis acknowledged the challenge ahead.

He said: “We will not delay, it is a complicated and extensive relationship that we have to untangle, but we will do so, and we will do so in good time.”

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Theresa May is at the G20 this week


Before his statement to MPs in the Commons today, Mr Davis said: “This is an historic and positive moment for our nation.”Brexit isn’t about making the best of a bad job. It is about seizing the huge and exciting opportunities that will flow from a new place for Britain in the world. “There will be new freedoms, new opportunities, new horizons for this great country.”

The speech to the Commons is the biggest insight into Government strategy since the June 23 vote.

At the weekend .She said: “What the vote, what leaving the European Union does enable us to do is, yes, to say what I think the British people are very clear about, which is that they don’t want free movement to continue in the way that it has done in the past.

“They do want to see controls of movement of people coming in from the European Union. Now, obviously we’re looking at what – what those options are, what that might be.

“But people also want to see the job opportunities, to see the economic opportunities, and so getting a good deal in trading goods and services is also obviously important for us.”The PM, who is currently at the G20 in China, said she would not formally trigger withdrawal negotiations by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty before the end of this year, but acknowledged voters wanted to see the process under way.

She said: “I’m very clear also that the British people don’t want the issue of Article 50 being triggered just being kicked into the long grass because they want to know we’re getting on with the job of – of putting Brexit into place and making a success of it.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/707262/David-Davis-Government-s-Brexit-strategy-Britain

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