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Britain in driving seat: UK tells EU they WILL have a trade deal before Brexit finalised

DAVID DAVIS today revealed the Government has told Brussels a “clear idea” of Britain’s future trading relationship with the EU must be sorted before practical divorce terms are agreed.

The Brexit Secretary signalled to MPs he will resist pressure from the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to organise the UK’s departure from the bloc before any talks on Britain’s future relationship with Brussels can begin.Answering questions in the House of Commons, Mr Davis insisted ministers had “already” told the EU it wants an outline of Britain’s future trading terms with the bloc to be agreed before completing the practical aspects of Article 50 negotiations.

Mr Barnier has previously warned only once Britain’s exit deal is completed – including the EU’s demand for a £50billion divorce bill – will Brussels start talks on an EU-UK trade deal.

Tory MP Peter Lilley highlighted to Mr Davis how the wording of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the mechanism for exiting the EU, made clear the EU “must negotiate and conclude an agreement taking account of the framework of its future relationship between the EU and the UK”.He said: “It’s therefore impossible to start negotiations unless one has an outline agreement on what that framework should be.”

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Brexit Secretary David Davis took questions from MPs this morning


It really isn’t possible to come to an outcome on either of the negotiations without a clear idea of the trade aspect of negotiations.

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Mr Lilley told Mr Davis there are “only two frameworks which are possible” – either the continuation of free trade between Britain and the EU, or reverting to World Trade Organisation rules.He asked: “Will we press our partners to clarify that right at the beginning of the negotiations?”

The Brexit Secretary replied: “We already have done. In my one meeting with Mr Barnier when he was talking about this sequential approach which seems to me not practical.

“It really isn’t possible to come to an outcome on either of the negotiations without a clear idea of the trade aspect of negotiations.

“His description is pretty accurate… and we intend for all of this to be concluded in the two years.”

 

Fellow Tory MP and Vote Leave figurehead Michael Gove told Mr Davis: “At the same time as we do negotiate our independence we should also show generosity to the EU 27 by continuing to offer them access to our market on a free trade basis”.The Brexit Secretary responded: “He is exactly right and that is our intention, we’ve made it clear.”

Mr Davis added Britain’s wish for a free trade deal with the EU was “one of the reasons” the Prime Minister’s speech setting out her Brexit blueprint had “been received with such applause, frankly, around the rest of Europe”.

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The minister told EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier his approach is ‘not practical’


The Brexit Secretary resisted pressure to name an exact date when the Government would publish a promised White Paper on its Brexit negotiating aims, but insisted it would be done as soon as possible.He refused to commit to publishing the White Paper before MPs debate a bill to authorise the Prime Minister to trigger Article 50.

Labour’s shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer revealed Labour will attempt to add an amendment to the Article 50 bill to force the Government to report back to Parliament on Brexit negotiations at least every two months.

Referring to his numerous appearances before Parliament already since being appointed Brexit Secretary, Mr Davis told Sir Keir: “I suspect two months will be rather an unambitious aim.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/759110/Brexit-News-David-Davis-told-Brussels-trade-deal-sorted-before-Article-50-divorce-terms

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