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Behind the headlines that scream of deadlock and empasse, in reality we've made real and tangible progress in talks so far. I don't think it would be in the interest for either side for there to be no deal. When I sit across the table from Michel Barnier in Brussels, I know he is just as determined as I am to reach an agreement, but as a responsible government it is right that we make every plan for every eventuality.feedback
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Nov 21 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which David Davis is associated, including European Union, UK, and market. Most recently, David Davis has been quoted saying: “Reaching a deal with the European Union is not only far and away the most likely outcome, it's also the best outcome for our country. I don't think it would be in the interest for either side for there to be no deal. But as a responsible government it is right that we make every plan for every eventuality.” in the article UK Brexit minister says EU agreement likely, but UK ready for no deal.
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Nov 17 2017

Many of them do want to move on. You know, they see it's very important to them.feedback

Nov 17 2017

Of course they are. And so what they believe is very influential, sometimes decisively so. But it's the whole of Europe's decision, it's a 27-country decision.feedback

Nov 17 2017

And as I say, this is not a one-way street. This is not a something for nothing. This is something which benefits everyone.feedback

Nov 17 2017

But so far in this negotiation we've made quite a lot of compromises. On the citizens' rights front we have been, we have made all the running.feedback

Nov 16 2017

The Establishment groupthink on the central issues of the day has too often got it not just wrong, but spectacularly wrong.feedback

Nov 16 2017

Germany and France are the most powerful players on the European continent. So what they believe is very influential, sometimes decisively so. But it is a whole-of-Europe decision, it is a 27-country decision. Always in a negotiation you want the other side to compromise. I want them to compromise – surprise, surprise. Nothing comes for nothing in this world. It will start under the regulations as they are now. Then ideally we'll end up with a circumstance where we have another arbitration mechanism, but that's for negotiation.feedback

Nov 16 2017

But so far in this negotiation we've made quite a lot of compromises on the citizens rights front we've made all the running … we have been actually offering some quite creative compromises. It is a good idea because it is stating something which is clear government policy that we will leave on 29 March 2019. How its done, what form of it is, is being debated in the House … The whole of this bill is going to be debated through the House, and there are parts of it which will change as we go through, undoubtedly.feedback

Nov 15 2017

We will be a third country partner like no other. Much closer than Canada, much bigger than Norway, and uniquely integrated on everything from energy networks to services.feedback

Nov 15 2017

We are seeking a new framework that allows for a close economic partnership ... that recognises both our unique starting point and our trusted, historic relationship.feedback

Nov 14 2017

Ensuring that the financial services sector can attract the talent it needs to thrive is also vital as we leave the EU. We want to ensure that our new partnership with the EU protects the mobility of workers and professionals.feedback

Nov 13 2017

For Europe, London is a gateway to global financial markets. This isn't just the City of London, it's the first city of Europe, the primary financial centre for this continent. It would simply not be possible to recreate, or duplicate, another leading financial centre in Europe.feedback

Nov 13 2017

We want to ensure that our new partnership with the EU protects the mobility of workers and professionals across the continent. Whether this means a bank temporarily moving a worker to an office in Germany or a lawyer visiting a client in Paris, we believe it is in the interests of both sides to see this continue.feedback

Nov 13 2017

Cooperation arrangements should be reciprocal, reliable and prioritise financial stability. These arrangements should also be durable so that businesses know what their regulatory obligations are going to be – not only next week, but next year and beyond.feedback

Nov 12 2017

Parliament will be given time to debate, scrutinize and vote on the final agreement we strike with the European Union. This agreement will only hold if Parliament approves it.feedback

Nov 11 2017

There will not be a circumstance where aircraft won't fly ... there will not be those sorts of failures that people are fearing. We'll make sure that doesn't happen.feedback

Nov 10 2017

We recognise the need for specific solutions for the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland. But let me be clear, this cannot amount creating a new border inside the UK.feedback

Nov 10 2017

While leaving the EU will allow us to bring back control of immigration, it won't mean pulling up the drawbridge.feedback

Nov 09 2017

We've listened carefully and responded.feedback

Nov 09 2017

This is now about moving into the political discussions which will allow both of us to move forward. We will continue to negotiate and engage constructively, but we need to see creativity and flexibility on both sides. Now it is time for both sides to move to seek solutions. This is a serious business, it will require creativity from both sides.feedback

Nov 09 2017

We are not asking for concessions, nor are we planning to offer any ourselves, we are working on facts. We want to bring back legal certainty where Brexit has created uncertainty and a fair amount of concern.feedback

Nov 08 2017

We've listened to members of the public and parliament and have made this change to remove any confusion or concern about what 'exit day' means. This important step demonstrates our pragmatic approach to this vital piece of legislation. Where MPs can improve the bill, whatever their party, we will work with them. We look forward to further debate in the House of Commons when committee stage begins next week.feedback

Nov 07 2017

We have been clear that safeguarding the rights of EU citizens is our top priority in negotiations. We will support everyone wishing to stay to gain settled status through a new straightforward, streamlined system.feedback

Nov 07 2017

It will take the department, working with other departments, time to collate and bring together this information in a way that is accessible and informative for the committee.feedback

Nov 06 2017

We will, of course, provide the information to the (parliamentary) committee as soon as is possible.feedback

Nov 06 2017

As we have made clear, it is not the case that 58 sectoral impact assessments exist.feedback

Oct 31 2017

We are going to listen carefully to the debate and listen to what people say.feedback

Oct 31 2017

There will be a whole series of these. I won't be coming in front of a committee to say yes I'm going to fold on this. Ever. Not on any of those.feedback

Oct 31 2017

Of course people who are solely beneficiaries but aren't paying in the £100bn or £20bn or whatever will say they want this done. Of course. Similarly they wanted an implementation period, we hope to deliver but it won't come for free.feedback

Oct 31 2017

I think of it, as a deal without the bits we really want.feedback

Oct 26 2017 - European Parliament

If it goes to the timetable (EU negotiator) Mr Barnier expects, or wants to go to, which is October of 2018, it's likely the European Parliament will vote December or January... we will have that put before the house before then, there's no doubt about that.feedback

Oct 26 2017

Yes, it could be. It can't come before we have the deal.feedback

Oct 25 2017 - Brexit

If the experience to date is anything to go by we'll have a pretty good idea of where their end game is. We've got a pretty good idea of what the economic interests are of every single member state.feedback

Oct 25 2017 - Brexit

Nevertheless we've got a pretty good idea of where they will end up at the end of this, even if there are delays on the way.feedback

Oct 25 2017 - Brexit

Germany, Austria, Holland and Czechoslovakia are all without governments at the moment so this is not top of their tree.feedback

Oct 25 2017 - Brexit

They are not focussing on [the negotiations] all the time.feedback

Oct 25 2017

It [preparations for no-deal] are stepping up. It's not going to be easy to do but it's eminently achievable. If we get to a point where there is high probability there's a redirection of effort.feedback

Oct 25 2017

It would not be the first time in European negotiations where some last minute claims come in because they think they have you over a barrel.feedback

Oct 25 2017

I recommend to everybody reading Adults in a Room by Yanis Varoufarkis. It's a very interesting read on negotiating tactics. We do need to have no deal as an option throughout both for reasons of policy and for reasons of accident.feedback

Oct 25 2017 - Brexit

Yes, it could be. It can't come before we have the deal. We have said it is our intent and expectation that we will bring it to the British parliament before the European parliament.feedback

Oct 25 2017 - Brexit

It's no secret that the way the union makes its decisions tends to me at the 59th minute of the 11th hour of the last day. That's precisely what I would expect to happen here. I am quite sure in my mind that we can do that. If there is a time-limit on a negotiation the union stops the clock, it assumes it is still at 11.59 and it carries on until the deal is concluded, sometimes for 24, 36, 48 hours. That what I imagine will happen here. It will be a lot of pressure, very high stress, very exciting for everybody watching. But that will be what happens.feedback

Oct 25 2017 - Brexit

His original plan for the timetable was effectively do the withdrawal agreement up to the end of March 2019 and then start the trade agreement in an infinite transition arrangement, which would have put us in a very difficult negotiating position because we would want to solve quickly and they would want to solve slowly. I would be aiming to get certainly the outlines of it agreed, if we could, in the first quarter [of 2018] ... but it's a negotiation.feedback

Oct 25 2017 - Brexit

What we're aiming for is the conclusion of negotiations on all fronts by the end of March 2019. In principle, what she said in the chamber is right ... But what we are intending to do is get the form of the implementation period agreed quickly, December thereafter, but we want to conclude the overall negotiation by the end of March 2019.feedback

Oct 19 2017 - Brexit

The issue is that in order to give perpetuity on family rights it would give to three million people in the UK rights that British citizens themselves don't have. I am trying to think of a way of maybe a short-term way of sorting this, a certain window whatever. Whatever that might be, might be a bit shorter than that. We haven't engaged on that negotiation properly, it's next on the agenda. We will talk about that.feedback

Oct 17 2017

While I would not expect opposition political parties to agree with us all the time about the end state we seek, it is self-evidently part of the national interest to support a discussion about our future relationship with Europe.feedback

Oct 14 2017 - Brexit

So be under no doubt, , we can do deals with our trading partners, and we can do them quickly... I would expect that the negotiation phase of most of them to be concluded within between 12 and 24 months. Trade deals with the US and China alone will give us a trade area almost twice the size of the EU, and of course we will also be seeking deals with Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, India, Japan, the UAE, Indonesia - and many others.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

I make no secret of the fact that to provide certainty we must talk about the future. I hope the leaders of the 27 will provide Michel with the means to explore ways forward with us on that. As we look to the October Council next week, I hope the member states will recognize the progress we've made and take a step forward in the spirit of the prime minister's Florence speech.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

We are aiming for a good deal for everyone. But we are also planning for a no deal.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

I hope they give Michel the means to progress what we are doing.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

We are aiming for...a good, mutually beneficial deal overall. It's as simple as that. As for no deal, clearly this negotiation process is aimed at a good deal for sides. If that's not possible a government must be ready for the alternatives.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

This round of talks has brought us even closer to giving EU citizens the certainty they deserve.feedback

Oct 05 2017

I think she showed her courage. It was an unlucky break but anyone can get an unlucky break – the difference between a good and a bad leader is that a good leader gets back up again, and that is what she did.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Brexit

On the negotiating front, we are aiming for a good deal. And that is what we expect to achieve. However, if the outcome of the negotiation falls short of the deal that Britain needs we will be ready for the alternative. That is what a responsible government does. Anything else would be a dereliction of duty.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Brexit

This is the most complex negotiation you could imagine, where one oversight, one error could cost the taxpayer billions of pounds.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Brexit

Britain needs us to be ready for the alternative.feedback

Oct 02 2017 - Brexit

He [Barnier] needs this to work much more than I do... I'm retiring after this, he's not! Yes.feedback

Oct 02 2017 - Brexit

Boris is back inside the tent now, he's been tied to the tent pole.feedback

Sep 29 2017

It is his job now to put on the pressure. It is mine to realise that the most important thing now is not machismo but a good result for both sides.feedback

Sep 29 2017 - Northern Ireland

I still know him as the 'hero of Dublin', when as prime minister of little Luxembourg in 1996 he calmed a row between the giants Kohl and Chirac over the Stability and Growth Pact [economic and monetary union policy]….Jean-Claude rammed Germany and France's heads together and made the arrival of the euro possible. In many areas, such as citizen rights and Northern Ireland, progress has indeed been made. Is it enough? That is a recommendation Michel will make to government leaders. He is keeping his cards close to his chest.feedback

Sep 28 2017

We are not there yet in terms of achieving sufficient progress.feedback

Sep 28 2017 - Brexit

We are here every round with 100 officials.feedback

Sep 28 2017 - Brexit

Of course this is a proper negotiation.feedback

Sep 28 2017 - Brexit

This round was a vital one. We made important progress.feedback

Sep 25 2017

The UK will honour commitments we have made during the period of our membership, but it is obvious that reaching a conclusion on this issue can only be done in the context of and in accordance with a new deep and special partnership with the European Union.feedback

Sep 25 2017 - Brexit

We are not going to mix up discussion on debts and discussions on the past commitments, we are not going to mix up those subjects which are part of the orderly withdrawal with a discussion on our future relationship.feedback

Sep 24 2017 - Brexit

We start at the same position, but we will manage the divergence. Of course we will diverge, we will do things our own way.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Brexit

That is why we want to build a new partnership with the EU that goes beyond any existing relationship it has with non-member states, so we can continue countering these cross-border threats together.feedback

Sep 16 2017 - Terrorism

Effective international cooperation is absolutely crucial for both the UK and the EU if we are to keep our citizens safe and bring criminals to justice. We already have a deep level of collaboration with the EU on security matters and it is in both our interests to find ways to maintain it. We approach negotiations on our future special partnership with the EU as an opportunity to build on our existing achievements.feedback

Sep 12 2017 - Brexit

We've seen some concrete progress. … There remains some way to go.feedback

Sep 11 2017 - Brexit

A vote against this bill is a vote for a chaotic exit from the European Union.feedback

Sep 07 2017 - Brexit

Without an agreement on this, we cannot talk about the future. So far we have noted that no concrete proposals have arrived, only very foggy proposals.feedback

Sep 07 2017 - Brexit

We cannot await the completion of negotiations before ensuring this legal certainty and continuity at the point of our exit. To do so or to delay or oppose the bill would be reckless in the extreme.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Brexit

This paper sends a clear message to the research and innovation community that we value their work and we feel it is crucial that we maintain collaboration with our European partners after we exit. We want to attract the brightest minds to the UK to build on the already great work being done across the country to ensure that our future is bright and we grow this important sector.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Immigration

I have said at this dispatch box before, if anyone in this house finds a substantive right that is not carried forward into UK law, they should say so. No one has yet brought to my attention a right we have missed. We are not rejecting EU law, but embracing the work done between member states in over 40 years of membership and using that solid foundation to build on in the future, once we return to being masters of our own laws.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Brexit

We are not rejecting EU law, but embracing the work done between member states in over forty years of membership and using that solid foundation to build on in the future, once we return to being masters of our own laws. I hope everyone in this House recognizes this bill's essential nature – it is the foundation upon which we will legislate for years to come – and I look forward to working with the whole House to deliver the bill.feedback

Sep 04 2017

They have set this up to try to create pressure on us on money, that's what it's about, they are trying to play time against money. We are going through it line by line and they are finding it difficult because we have got good lawyers.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Brexit

Bluntly, I think it looked a bit silly because plainly there are things that we've achieved.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Brexit

This Bill is about ensuring continuity. Anybody - repealer, re-Leaver or Remainer - should support this Bill.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Brexit

Time is not running out. We have a two-year process. Every time we come to something serious there will be a pressure exercise of this sort. Money is incredibly important, it is the thing that frightens them most.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Immigration

Everything in terms of significant change will be done in separate primary legislation, from immigration bills to customs bills. Anybody, remainer or leaver, should support this bill. This bill is there in order to enable continuity, if you want a soft Brexit ... this is the bill you should be supporting. It takes the laws there now and puts them in place the say after we leave. It's not a question of national politics.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Brexit

We are a country that meets its international obligations but they have to be that. They may not be legal ones, they may be moral or political ones.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Brexit

The outcome of the german election will be to accelerate the [Brexit] process once it's happened.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Brexit

I wouldn't confuse a belief in the free market for nostalgia.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Brexit

We urge the EU to be more imaginative and flexible in their approach to withdrawal on this point.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Unilateralism

We are in a difficult, tough, complicated negotiation; it will be turbulent and what we are having is the first ripple and there will be many more ripples along the way.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Unilateralism

The answers to the problems of the West cannot be to turn our backs on globalisation and trade. It feels to me it is necessary to make the case once more for free trade and capitalism.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Unilateralism

I'm not ruling anything in or out. I never do. It's an idea that's been floated around.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Unilateralism

The real issue on Brexit is mostly practical, what is in the mutual best interest of all us. That's the driver. There is a majority to carry Brexit through parliament.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Unilateralism

There is no future in trying to be cheaper than China.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Unilateralism

We must work together to convince other countries of the benefits. It's natural I'm afraid in politics for people to focus on the obvious, and it's easy to see lots of cars crossing a border, for example. It's harder to see the effect of the virtual world of services. But we are working on it.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Brexit

Beyond the debates about process and technicalities, at the heart of this process, must be a desire to deliver the best outcome for the people and the businesses of the European Union and the United Kingdom. We have a duty to our taxpayers to interrogate it rigorously.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Brexit

We are a country, which meets its legal obligations, and we will continue to do so, but these have to be real obligations.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Brexit

It's fair to say across the piece we have a very different legal stance but as we said ... the settlement should be in accordance with EU law and in the spirit of UK's continuing partnership with the EU.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Brexit

This is good news for British pensioners in the EU.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Brexit

Our discussions this week have exposed yet again that UK's approach is substantially more flexible and pragmatic than that of the EU. I remain of the view there is an unavoidable overlap between withdrawal and the future and they cannot be neatly compartmentalized. We are a country, which meets its legal obligations, and we will continue to do so, but these have to be real obligations. We have a duty to our taxpayers to interrogate it rigorously.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Brexit

It is only through flexibility and imagination we will find a deal that works for both sides.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Brexit

We can only resolve some of these issues with an eye on the future partnerships. It is not about skipping ahead ... it's pragmatically driving forward.feedback

Aug 28 2017 - Brexit

We want to make progress across all the issues. We want to agree a deal that works in the best interests of both the EU and the UK and people and businesses right across Europe and we're ready to roll up our sleeves and get down to work.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - Brexit

These papers will help give businesses and consumers certainty and confidence in the UK's status as an economic powerhouse after we have left the EU. They also show that as we enter the third round of negotiations, it is clear that our separation from the EU and future relationship are inextricably linked.feedback

Aug 21 2017 - London

It's not a national disaster or catastrophe.feedback

Aug 20 2017 - Brexit

Ultimately, the key question here is how we fairly consider and solve disputes for both sides.feedback

Aug 20 2017 - Northern Ireland

I firmly believe the early round of the negotiations have already demonstrated that many questions around our withdrawal are inextricably linked to our future relationship. Both sides need to move swiftly on to discussing our future partnership, and we want that to happen after the European Council in October.feedback

Aug 19 2017 - Brexit

In the coming days we will demonstrate our thinking even further, with five new papers - all part of our work to drive the talks forward, and make sure we can show beyond doubt that we have made sufficient progress on withdrawal issues by October so that we can move on to discuss our future relationship.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Northern Ireland

The UK and Ireland have been clear all along that we need to prioritise protecting the Belfast agreement in these negotiations, and ensure the land border is as seamless as possible for people and businesses.feedback

Aug 15 2017

There's hardly a health and safety argument... They should get on with it.feedback

Aug 15 2017

James was a 'Remainer' from the beginning, but he was a very good Chief of Staff. I am not going to criticise or argue with him [on air].feedback

Aug 15 2017 - Brexit

We're going to talk it through very, very carefully, so at this stage we're not going to commit. We're going to have a long haggle ... (EU chief negotiator) Michel (Barnier) is getting quite cross with us. He's saying 'You should make your proposal.feedback

Aug 15 2017 - Brexit

It's got to be done by the election. I would say the most likely is something like two years, maybe a bit shorter.feedback

Aug 15 2017

We're going to talk it through very, very carefully, so at this stage we're not going to commit, there won't be a number by October or November, whenever it is.feedback

Aug 15 2017

Of course there are discussions, and of course there are interests, but we all want the best outcome for Britain.feedback

Aug 15 2017 - Brexit

The way we approach the movement of goods across our border will be a critical building block for our independent trade policy. An interim period would mean businesses only need to adjust once to the new regime and would allow for a smooth and orderly transition. You will find it difficult sometimes to read what we intend. That's deliberate. I'm afraid in negotiations you do have constructive ambiguity from time to time.feedback

Aug 15 2017 - Brexit

This is probably the most complex negotiation in history.feedback

Aug 15 2017

We sell them about €230bn of goods and services a year. They sell us €290bn. What happens in that sort of interim period you will have to leave me to negotiate, I'm afraid. But the aim is to bring to an end these £10bn-a-year payments. We are still haggling with them on what we may owe them in the short term, but we are going to bring the overall thing to an end. I'm not going to do the negotiation on air.feedback

Aug 15 2017

Of course there are different views on elements of the deal, because departments have their own specific interests.feedback

Aug 15 2017

We are still haggling with them on what we may owe them in the short term, but we are going to bring the overall thing to an end.feedback

Aug 15 2017 - French election 2017

There was a terror early on that we would be the first of many countries breaking off. After the victory of Macron in France, that terror has reduced. They are no longer quite so afraid, so the punishment battalion side is now reducing.feedback

Aug 13 2017

I'm afraid I was a victim of my own sense of humour and said it's got to be Exiting - then it can be Department X. Not a thing.feedback

Aug 13 2017 - Brexit

We need to get on with negotiating the bigger issues around our future partnership to ensure we get a deal that delivers a strong UK and EU.feedback

Aug 09 2017 - Brexit

During the negotiating round it also emerged that the EU would not be maintaining the existing voting rights for UK nationals living in the EU. We have made it clear that we stand ready to protect the rights of EU nationals living in the UK to stand and vote in municipal elections. A number of other issues in the EU offer also emerged that will need further consideration. For example, posted workers were excluded from the scope of their offer whereas we stand ready to protect their rights in the Withdrawal Agreement.feedback

Aug 09 2017 - Brexit

The EU has also confirmed that their offer only guarantees residence rights in the Member State in which a British national was resident at the point of our exit from the EU. It does not guarantee the holder of those residence rights any right to onward movement within the EU, for example to work or study in a neighbouring Member State.feedback

Aug 09 2017 - Brexit

We have questioned whether this is consistent with the principle of reciprocity, and also with the Commission's desire to protect rights currently enjoyed under EU law.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - Supreme Court

Any future arrangements will be subject ... to U.K. Parliament's approval.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - Supreme Court

We are intent that this should be put in an act in of parliament enforced by British courts ... and most importantly backed up by a treaty. When we, for example, sign a deal, let's say with the United States, we don't give the United States Supreme Court the right to enforce that.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - Brexit

We want to do this quickly as a moral imperative because we want to take away the anxiety of all of those four million people and give them some certainty in the future.feedback

Jul 22 2017

They have started to look into the abyss.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Brexit

I think he said 'they could go whistle for extortionate demands.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Northern Ireland

Overall, I am encouraged by the progress we have made on understanding each other's position on citizens' rights; the financial settlement; the first meetings of sub-groups on separation issues, and on the issues around Ireland and Northern Ireland. We are both going for a good deal.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Brexit

Getting to a solution will require flexibility from both sides. But, as Michel said, we should not expect incremental process in every round.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Brexit

Clearly there's a lot left to talk about.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Brexit

Nobody expects a punishment deal. Michel and I are both going for a good deal.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Brexit

We have conducted this round constructively and at pace, and I hope this is a model we can continue going forward.feedback

Jul 17 2017 - Brexit

For us it's incredibly important we now make good progress.feedback

Jul 17 2017 - Brexit

For us, it's incredibly important we now make good progress, we will negotiate and identify the differences so we can deal with them and identify the similarities and we will enforce that and now it's time to get down to work and make this a successful negotiation.feedback

Jul 17 2017 - Brexit

We made a good start last month, and this week we'll be getting into the real substance. Protecting the rights of all our citizens is the priority for me going into this round and I'm clear that it's something we must make real progress on.feedback

Jul 17 2017 - Brexit

The first calling point of the UK's negotiator immediately after Brexit will not be Brussels, it will be Berlin to strike a deal. Now it is time to get down to work and make this a successful negotiation.feedback

Jul 17 2017

I'm very pleased that negotiations are beginning and as you know a very fair, serious offer has been put on the table by the UK government about citizenship – the value we place on the 3.2 million EU citizens in our country. The very good offer we are making to them and the security they can have about their future, I very much hope they will look at that offer in the spirit it deserves. Because it's a great offer.feedback

Jul 16 2017 - Brexit

If Manchester United played Real Madrid, you would not let Real pick the referee.feedback

Jul 13 2017

It is one of the most significant pieces of legislation that has ever passed through parliament and is a major milestone in the process of our withdrawal from the European Union.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - Brexit

By ending the jurisdiction of the court of justice of the European Union, UK courts will be supreme once more. Our sensible approach to pending cases means there would be a smooth and orderly transition to when the court no longer has jurisdiction in the UK.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - Brexit

While we're leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe, and we want to continue cooperating with our friends and neighbours on issues of mutual importance including nuclear safeguards. By ending the jurisdiction of the court of justice of the European Union [CJEU], UK courts will be supreme once more.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - Brexit

This bill means that we will be able to exit the European Union with maximum certainty.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Brexit

It will be quite tough to get customs in the right place in two years but it's doable with a bit of money, but to get the French customs in the same place in two years or the Belgian or the Dutch customs I think will be a different issue, that's why a transition period [is needed].feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Brexit

That's one area where technical work has started. That's slightly been stymied by change of government in Ireland.feedback

Jul 01 2017 - Brexit

We're looking to see if we can get a continuation of Ehic as it now exists. If we can't, we will provide one unilaterally.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Immigration

My job is to bring back control of migration to Westminster. It is not to slam the door on immigration. We will bring immigration down, but in a way and at a pace that does not cause labour shortages, or worse, undermine the nation's need for new talent.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Brexit

I firmly believe that our approach puts jobs and prosperity first. So much so I didn't even think it was necessary to say it at the beginning.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Brexit

What he's actually said, the most important thing is it's got to be done before the election so that's a maximum of three years.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Brexit

It is not an ID card. We are talking about documentation to prove that people have the right to a job and the right to residence, but they will not have to carry that around all the time. It is not an ID card; it is rather like your birth certificate. It's not an ID card. Good heavens!feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Brexit

It is an approach the chancellor and I have designed over some months at the meetings we have every week to develop our strategy in this area.feedback

Jun 26 2017 - European Court of Justice

The argument now is going to be more about whether the European Court of Justice has a say and that is where the fight comes in.feedback

Jun 26 2017 - Brexit

They get the same residence rights, the same employment rights, the same health rights, the same welfare rights, the same pension rights and so on, almost the equivalent to British citizens.feedback

Jun 26 2017 - Brexit

We're looking to see if we can get a continuation of the EHIC scheme as it now exists. And if we can't get one, then we will provide one unilaterally.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - European Court of Justice

I am pretty sure, I am not 100 percent sure, it's a negotiation ... You can be sure there'll be a deal, (but) the deal I want is the free trade agreement, the customs agreement and so on. I said it will be turbulent, there will be difficulties, but at the end of the operation there is a point of common interest in both sides, where we gain by being able to exploit global markets, where they gain by having a friendly and comfortable ally, not an irritating member of the club.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Brexit

I don't think so, unless they've committed a crime or some sort of security problem.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - European Court of Justice

When we're doing all these deals on trade and other areas, there will be arbitration arrangements. There won't be the ECJ, there'll be a mutually agreed chairman and somebody nominated from both sides, is the normal way but there may be other ways too. And it may well be we have an arbitration arrangement over this but it's not going to be the Court of Justice.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Brexit

It will be stiff, it will be small movements incrementally, so small it will be invisible sometimes, but it will happen.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Brexit

I never said it was a breeze. I said it will be turbulent, there will be difficulties but at the end there is a point of common interest.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Brexit

This is not an ideological thing - it is a practical thing. I didn't apologise to her. I didn't design the campaign, I thought we'd get a better result than you did.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Brexit

Get on with the day job. People put us here to deliver a decent economy, to deliver a decent life for them, to deliver Brexit.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Brexit

Look, I'm not going to get into it. It's self-indulgent. Frankly the fact that we have spent two minutes on it is self-indulgent.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Brexit

There is no essay crisis about this Government. It is very, very, very clear that she is a good prime minister.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Article 50

It is not when it starts, it is how it finishes. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. The position we have agreed today is completely consistent with our long-standing position we have set out on article 50.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Northern Ireland

It's wholly illogical and we happen to think the wrong interpretation of the treaty.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

It's not when it starts, it's how it finishes that matters.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

The same arguments apply, but also because that's the only way we can develop our free trade arrangements with the rest of the world and that is a major up-side for Britain.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Single market

We will leave the single market and be seeking to set up a free trade arrangement and a customs agreement. Similarly we will be leaving the Customs Union.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

This partnership will necessarily look and feel different from membership. But we hope that throughout our close cooperation on trade, and on security will continue as we tackle the the challenges of this and future generations together. There is no doubt the road ahead will be challenging, but as Winston Churchill said 'The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.' And I am certainly an optimist.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

It is not about punishment, it is not about revenge.feedback

Jun 19 2017

We are starting this negotiation in a positive and constructive tone.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

We will do all that we can to ensure that we deliver a deal that works in the best interests of all citizens. To that end, we are starting this negotation in a positive and constructive tone, determined to build a strong and special partnership between ourselves and our European allies and friends for the future.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

The UK wants to build a deep and special partnership with the EU.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

A UK-German deal, would include free access for their cars and goods, in exchange for a deal on everything else. Similar deals would be reached with other key EU nations.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

As Winston Churchill once said, the pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. There is a long road ahead, no doubt with many twists and turns, but our destination is clear.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Article 50

It's not how it starts, it's how it finishes that matters. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. This is a technically difficult issue. I am certain it is solvable but it will probably take us until the end of the process when we decide what our customs and free trade priorities are. We continue to believe it is necessary to negotiate the terms of that partnership alongside our withdrawal, as it is specified in the text of article 50.feedback

Jun 18 2017 - Brexit

Leaving gives us the opportunity to forge a bright new future for the UK – one where we are free to control our borders, pass our own laws and do what independent sovereign countries do.feedback

Jun 18 2017 - Immigration

We are not turning our backs on Europe. It's vital that the deal we strike allows both the UK and the EU to thrive, as part of the new deep and special partnership we want with our closest allies and friends.feedback

Jun 18 2017 - Brexit

These talks will be difficult at points, but we will be approaching them in a constructive way.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Brexit

Would you ... 10 months later find that there was no real majority for that? It all becomes very uncertain.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Labour Party

He [Jeremy Corbyn] had a fantastic online campaign, a sort of social media campaign, which, I mean, frankly outplayed us at that. So he managed to get a lot of people to vote.feedback

Jun 13 2017

They had about six different positions on Europe over the course of the last ten months, for all sorts of internal political reasons, but they eventually landed the position, which is actually quite similar to ours, it's like a rebadged version of our policies.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Brexit

It's in the week of next week, basically, is the first discussions. My permanent secretary is actually in Brussels today talking to them about the details. It may not be on the Monday because we have already got the Queen's Speech that week and I will have to speak in that and so on.feedback

Jun 12 2017

I'm not going to prune it on air. The public gave a decision we have to respect that decision. We are democrats.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Women

I find it incredibly self-indulgent for the Tory (Conservative) party to be going for this sort of stuff. It is our job to get on with running the country.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Brexit

If you go into a negotiation without the ability to walk away then you will have a poor outcome in that negotiation.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Brexit

Hammond is a pragmatist, he is business-friendly and the Treasury have done all the serious work on Brexit. The door will be a lot more open now than it used to be, and that can only be a good thing.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Women

We don't adopt their views, we don't adopt their policies. We've just been returned to government with a minority government in effect, it's our duty to make it work, it's our duty to make it deliver for the British people.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Single market

In order to deliver that you can't do that inside the single market, so what do you do, you try and have the best possible access from outside.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Brexit

I view the stuff in the papers this weekend as the absolute height of self-indulgence. We have been given an instruction by the British people, given a decision by the British people. It's now for us to go back and do the job, not to bicker amongst ourselves about whose fault it was, or whatever, but to get on with the job. And the job is an incredibly important one.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Brexit

She is fine, she is getting on the with the job. Not when I saw her. She is a formidably good prime minister.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Single market

Those things are fundamental and we didn't just pull them out of the air, we spent 10 months devising that strategy.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Brexit

You're going to see in the next few weeks her taking back command, her taking back the reins, her showing what's she's good at, which is delivering for the country. That's why she's going to be there probably for my career at least.feedback

Jun 11 2017

I have told anyone who asks that Theresa should stay, in the national interest. Anything else is just self-indulgent. The people elect us to do a job.feedback

Jun 06 2017

Our timeline is very tight to be able to get to these individuals and render them aid. Right now, our primary concern is to help those that are suffering from these overdoses, and then follow leads to find out who is responsible.feedback

May 30 2017

We want a free trade deal with free and friction-less trade. We are after a tariff-free arrangement but if we can't have one then we'll have to design our strategy accordingly.feedback

May 21 2017 - Brexit

We don't need to just look like we can walk away, we need to be able to walk away. Under the circumstances, if that was necessary, we would be in a position to do it. There are plenty of people in the European Union who want this to succeed. There may be some who want it to fail. I'm of the view that the likeliest outcome is the outcome we are looking for.feedback

May 19 2017 - Single market

The top priority of European business is the integrity of the single market; the second priority is making good business with the UK. We will see if there is a conflict, but the message is: do not harm the single market by cherry-picking deals.feedback

May 19 2017 - Brexit

My aim and my expectation is that we are going to get a free trade agreement, we are going to get a decent agreement with them. And that's the foundation. We get that, then you get the economy right, then you can pay for public services. That's the way it works.feedback

May 14 2017 - Northern Ireland

How on earth do you resolve the issue of the border with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland unless you know what our general borders policy is, what the customs agreement is, what the free trade agreement is, whether you need to charge tariffs at the border or not? You can't decide one without the other, it's wholly illogical ... That will be the row of the summer.feedback

May 09 2017 - Labour Party

The chaotic incoherence of Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit means that the 27 other EU countries would make mincemeat of him in the negotiations. We simply cannot take the risk of Corbyn in Downing Street in four weeks' time negotiating Britain's future.feedback

May 05 2017

The line was crossed. Clearly what was happening was the commission was trying to bully the British people - and the British people will not be bullied, and the Government will not allow them to be bullied. So she made the point she made, and she was right to do so.feedback

May 05 2017

The British people will not be bullied, and the government will not allow them to be bullied.feedback

May 03 2017

We will not be paying 100 billion euros...in the walkaway circumstance, there is nothing to be paid.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

We're going into this negotiation not as a supplicant, but as a negotiator. There are two sides to negotiation, and the other side of the negotiation will not determine who does what.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

It is the intention that they will have a generous settlement, pretty much exactly what they enjoy now, and our British citizens abroad will do the same. One is to take a very simple solution, which we have talked about. Secondly, if it has to be a treaty or something that takes time, that we would have an exchange of letters making it plain what we're going to achieve. Those sorts of things we are working on, and working with all of them (EU member states), and my expectation is that we will succeed with that.feedback

May 03 2017 - British elections 2017

We'll not be paying 100 billion. What we've got to do is discuss in detail what the rights and obligations are.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

In the walkaway circumstance there is nothing to pay. But nobody is looking for that outcome. We want a deal. We think we can get a deal.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

The principal dealing with Michel Barnier will be me; but of course Ollie will be involved as well.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

I've dealt with Michel Barnier many years ago. You will never hear a word of criticism of him from me. He's tough, he's straightforward, he's French, he's very elegant. He's determined, but he's also done deals in the past.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

Our intention is to get an agreement; we have to maintain the alternative option. That's why Theresa said no deal is better than a bad deal. This morning you see demands for €100bn in the papers. It has gone from €50bn, to €60bn to €100bn. It rather actually proves her point. I know that is not where we will end up. The simple truth is this is going to be a tough negotiation.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

We don't agree with that. These are negotiating demands that are being lined up. And we will make our counters to them. That's not something that we see as being either necessary or valuable.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

When Mrs Thatcher walked away she got the rebate. We have a €290bn market for them. Once we are outside we will be their biggest external market. That's incredibly important to them .feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

We have said we will obey our legal obligations but they are not going to be determined for us by one side or the other; it will be a matter of negotiation.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

He's just wrong. Every single element in it has got the documentation of who said what behind it. What we haven't put in are all the privatisations they've talked about – rail, energy, buses, you name it. We've taken just the ones that are very, very clear promises, and they've already backed off a couple of the things, and they've got a £45bn black hole.feedback

May 02 2017 - British elections 2017

Only a vote for the strong and stable leadership of Theresa May on June 8 will lock in the economic progress we have made.feedback

Apr 29 2017

Both sides are clear – we want these negotiations to be conducted in the spirit of goodwill, sincere cooperation and with the aim of establishing a close partnership between the UK and the EU going forward. But there is no doubt that these negotiations are the most complex the UK has faced in our lifetimes. They will be tough and, at times, even confrontational.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Brexit

We must avoid unnecessary burden on business, but we also want to make sure that our new approach maintains or ensures access to markets from Croatia to California.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Brexit

The government has made it very clear it wants to secure the rights of EU nationals living in Britain at the earliest chance in the negotiations. I am confident we can achieve very early agreement on these issues. No one wants to pull up the drawbridge. A global Britain will always want the brightest and the best. The UK departure from the EU should not be viewed through a protectionist lens. On both sides, negotiations will be conducted in a spirit of sincere cooperation. We want the EU to be united. We want negotiations to be swift and effective, so unity helps with that.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Brexit

We should be under no illusions about the scale of the task ahead of us. Compromises will be necessary on both sides.feedback

Apr 07 2017

It is very difficult to see it being revoked. We do not intend to revoke it. It may not be revocable – I don't know. That is the route we are going down.feedback

Apr 01 2017 - Russia

I agree that Britain has high cards and a very strong hand [on security].feedback

Mar 31 2017

Our civil service can cope with World War Two, they can easily cope with this.feedback

Mar 30 2017

It's momentous but it is not beyond us. It's about giving the British people what they voted for in the referendum, control of their own laws so what we are doing is bringing back those laws here so that we can do a deal across the board, which is in the interest of ourselves and the European Union.feedback

Mar 30 2017

The bill will convert EU law into United Kingdom law, allowing businesses to continue operating knowing the rules have not changed overnight, and providing fairness to individuals, whose rights and obligations will not be subject to sudden change.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Luxembourg

To overcome this, the great repeal bill will provide a power to correct the statute book where necessary to resolve the problems which will occur as a consequence of leaving the EU. I can confirm this power will be time-limited. And parliament will need to be satisfied that the procedures in the bill for making and approving the secondary legislation are appropriate.feedback

Mar 30 2017

Once EU law has been converted into domestic law, parliament will be able to pass legislation to amend, repeal or improve any piece of EU law it chooses – as will the devolved legislatures, where they have power to do so. However, further steps will be needed to provide a smooth and orderly exit. This is because a large number of laws – both existing domestic laws and those we convert into UK law – will not work properly if we leave the EU without taking further action. Some laws, for example, grant functions to an EU institution with which the UK might no longer have a relationship.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Luxembourg

Our laws will then be made in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.feedback

Mar 30 2017

You can't just change 40 years in two years. And to give us time over the coming years to change everything that we want to, we won't want to change everything, there are lots of parts of European law that are good, lots we approve of but there will be some things we want to put right. And we will take our time over it. And parliament will have the time, mostly after we've left the European Union, to correct anything it wants to.feedback

Mar 30 2017

This is not a threat. This is a statement of the fact that this will be harmful for both of us... if we don't get a deal. It's an argument for having a deal. We're after a fully comprehensive deal that covers trade, covers security, covers all the aspects of our existing relationship and tries to preserve as much of the benefits for everybody as we can.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Europol

That I think is a perfectly reasonable point to make, and not in any sense a threat.feedback

Mar 30 2017

We'll meet our responsibilities but we're not expecting anything like that. The era of huge sums being paid to the European Union is coming to an end, so once we're out, that's it.feedback

Mar 30 2017

We'll put things right if we've missed anything. I promise.feedback

Mar 30 2017

The great repeal bill will. Will ... will ... make all EU law UK law.feedback

Mar 30 2017

We think the best way to do a deal is to put the whole package together, we know what the whole benefit is. We don't see why we should hold up the trade negotiations and the security negotiations. It's the only free trade deal in the history of the world where the country is already in a deal and has identical product standards. We are in exactly the same place.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - European Commission

No, we won't. We have got to negotiate a replacement for that piece of the treaty, and that is what we are setting up to do. We have to do a negotiation, otherwise it won't be there. What the prime minister was saying was that if we have no deal, and we want a deal, it's bad for both of us. If we don't have a deal, what we are going to lose is the current arrangement on justice and home affairs. The [European] commission has taken a different stance and says, we want to deal with departure first and ongoing relationship second. And there's an area of departure over this.feedback

Mar 29 2017

Converting EU law into UK law, and ending the supremacy of lawmakers in Brussels, is an important step in giving businesses, workers and consumers the certainty they need. And it will mean that as we seek a comprehensive new economic partnership with the EU, our allies will know that we start from a position where we have the same standards and rules.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Scottish independence

This means that on immigration in particular voters in Scotland seem to be more in tune with the stance taken by the UK government than that adopted by the Scottish Government. Indeed, it seems that even amongst those who voted Yes to independence in September 2014 there is a limited appetite for having a more liberal regime on EU migration in Scotland than there is in England and Wales.feedback

Mar 29 2017

The first conversation between Michel [Barnier] and myself will almost certainly be about this subject.feedback

Mar 28 2017

The risk for everyone involved [in negotiations] is very large, and this puts a premium on nerve. He who has least to lose always has the upper hand in these circumstances.feedback

Mar 28 2017

It is quite normal to feel that the list of demands seems enormous and that it is inconceivable that the stakeholders and various people involved will accept it. This concern should be ignored, since at this stage everybody has a lot to lose. That can concentrate minds wonderfully.feedback

Mar 28 2017

Think big. If you're gonna be thinking anyway, you might as well make it big.feedback

Mar 28 2017

Adequate preparation is vital. The first essential step is to view your problem from the perspective of the other side. Understanding clearly the intent of the other side is the first step to a mutually successful negotiation and quite often turns a straight win or lose style of negotiation into something more creative and mutually beneficial.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Immigration

That is how it will no doubt work and that will be in everybody's interests - the migrants and the citizens of the UK.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - Immigration

That is how it will no doubt work and that will be in everybody's interests - the migrants and the citizens of the UK. What it will be is whatever the government judges to be sustainable. I think we will get there, but the simple truth is that we have to manage this properly. You have got industries dependent on migrants, you have got social welfare, the NHS, you have to make sure they can do the work.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - Scottish independence

What the home secretary said yesterday is: where there are instances where law-enforcement agencies wish to gain access to messages which are important to an investigation, they should be able to do so.feedback

Mar 26 2017

Such a move would have had devastating consequences for all financial transactions and online commerce, not to mention the security of all personal data. Its consequences for the City do not bear thinking about.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - Article 50

The Government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the UK and indeed for all of Europe – a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union.feedback

Mar 20 2017

We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation. The government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the U.K. and indeed for all of Europe - a new, positive partnership between the U.K. and our friends and allies in the European Union.feedback

Mar 18 2017

To ensure continuity, we will take a simple approach. EU law will be transposed into domestic law, wherever practical, on exit day. It will be for elected politicians here to make the changes to reflect the outcome of our negotiation and our exit.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Article 50

The government should rule out this dangerous and counter-productive threat before Article 50 is triggered.feedback

Mar 16 2017

Any forecast you make depends on the mitigation you make, and therefore it would be rather otiose to do that forecast before we have concluded what mitigation is possible. We had to be clear that we could actually manage this in such a way as to be better than a bad deal, and that is true. I can't quantify it for you yet. I may well be able to do so in a year's time. It's not as frightening as some people think, but it's not as simple as some people think.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Scottish independence

If one side doesn't want to agree, which I'm afraid has been the position of the Scottish Government, then there is no way seek to agree can turn into agree.feedback

Mar 15 2017

I can't quantify it for you in detail yet. I may well be able to do so in about a year's time. But it's certainly the case that it is not as frightening frankly Mr Chairman as some people think. But it's not as simple as some people think.feedback

Mar 14 2017

Then we meet and we start. And I guess the first meeting, bluntly, will be about how we do this? How many meetings, you know, who's going to meet, who's going to come.feedback

Mar 14 2017

We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation. We have a plan to build a Global Britain, and take advantage of its new place in the world by forging new trading links.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Article 50

We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation. So we will trigger Article 50 by the end of this month as planned and deliver an outcome that works in the interests of the whole of the UK.feedback

Mar 13 2017

That is why we must pass this straightforward bill without further delay so the prime minister can get to work on the negotiations and we can secure a quick deal that secures the status of both European Union citizens in the U.K. and also U.K. nationals living in the EU.feedback

Mar 13 2017

Because it's unnecessary. I have given my word as a minister and my word is legally binding.feedback

Mar 13 2017

We care passionately about EU nationals.feedback

Mar 13 2017

I take my commitments very seriously. I consider myself to have a moral responsibility towards EU nationals.feedback

Mar 13 2017

As we embark on the forthcoming negotiations, our guiding approach is simple: we will not do anything that will undermine the national interest, including interests of British citizens living in the EU. And we will not enter the negotiations with our hands tied.feedback

Mar 13 2017

I understand why people are concerned, I think there's a moral responsibility to European citizens too. But everybody understands that this is an issue that's got to be resolved together, Brits and Europeans. The European Commission has a favourite phrase, which is 'nothing is agreed until everything is agreed' – on this occasion I rather agree with them.feedback

Mar 13 2017

We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation.feedback

Mar 12 2017 - Scottish referendum

What I don't want to do is take a simple Bill which is designed to do nothing more than put the result of the referendum into law… please don't tie the Prime Minister's hands in the process of doing that for things which we expect to attain anyway.feedback

Mar 12 2017

Each date has different implications in terms of when it could be responded to by the (European) council ... I'm not going to get into the details why, but there's politics in terms of achieving success.feedback

Mar 12 2017

What we can't have is either house of parliament reversing the decision of the British people - they haven't got a veto.feedback

Mar 12 2017

I don't think, firstly, that is remotely likely. It's in absolutely everybody's interest that we get a good outcome. The simple truth is we have been planning for the contingency - all the various outcomes, all the possible outcomes of the negotiations. One of the reasons we don't talk about the contingency plan too much is that we don't want people to think 'Oh, this is what we're trying to do.feedback

Mar 12 2017

He told us the package he was putting forward. I'm not going to go into detail of cabinet discussions – that would be in breach of my privy council oath, I suspect – but he made plain what he was going to do.feedback

Mar 12 2017

And we're going to do that. Please don't tie the prime minister's hands in the process of doing that, for things which we expect to attain anyway. Understand, it's a contingency plan – the aim is to get a good outcome. And we are confident we'll get a good outcome. And one of the reasons we don't talk about the contingency plan too much is we don't want people to think, oh, this is what we're trying to do. What we can't have is either house of parliament reversing the decision of the British people. They haven't got a veto. People talk about a meaningful vote – what does it mean otherwise?feedback

Mar 12 2017

The feedback we get is, look, it's going to be tough, let's make no bones about this. There will be tough points in this negotiation. But it's in absolutely everybody's interests that we get a good outcome – ours and theirs.feedback

Mar 11 2017

However they voted in the referendum, the majority of people now want the prime minister to be able to get on with the job. By a majority of four to one, MPs passed straightforward legislation allowing the government to move ahead with no strings attached. I will be asking MPs to send the legislation back to the House of Lords in its original form so that we can start building a global Britain and a strong new partnership with the EU. Our new position in the world means we can restore national self-determination, build new trading links and become even more global in spirit and action.feedback

Mar 11 2017

There will be many opportunities for Parliament to debate the ins and outs of our negotiation of a new partnership with the EU, and influence the outcome. But attaching conditions to a Bill that simply allows the Prime Minister to start the process of implementing the referendum result is emphatically not the way to do it. At 137 words, the Bill which enables the Prime Minister to notify of our withdrawal from the European Union is one of the shortest on record.feedback

Mar 11 2017

MPs passed the bill quickly and unamended. They accepted that the majority of voters, however they voted in the referendum, want the Prime Minister to be able to get on with the job, with no strings attached. The more conditions that are attached, the greater the risk of legal action down the line. Parliament will be properly engaged and involved throughout. It should not send our Prime Minister into this vital negotiation with one hand tied behind her back.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Supreme Court

Yet it has generated many hours of debate in Parliament. That's to be expected, and a good thing: the decision taken by the people of the UK on June 23 was, after all, the most momentous of my lifetime. However, by a majority of four to one, the elected House of Commons accepted the simple, straightforward and clear aim of the Bill. That is to allow the Prime Minister to implement the outcome of the EU referendum, while respecting the judgment of the Supreme Court that this should be authorised by legislation. No more, no less.feedback

Mar 08 2017

It is clear that some in the Lords would seek to frustrate that process, and it is the government's intention to ensure that does not happen.feedback

Mar 07 2017

We will now aim to overturn these amendments in the House of Commons.feedback

Mar 02 2017

If we had had our way, we would have actually got an agreement in principle at least in December … but we couldn't get everybody to agree at that point. It will be the first thing on our agenda. I would hope that we would get some agreement in principle very, very soon, as soon as the negotiation process starts.feedback

Mar 02 2017

We've said very, very clearly that we want to come to a generous arrangement for everybody in the European Union. And that is not just about the right to remain which is what people mostly focus on but things like pensions and healthcare, social support, welfare as well. We want to get that all right and we want to do it soon. It will be the first thing on our agenda. I would hope that we would get some agreement in principle very, very soon, as soon as the negotiation process starts.feedback

Mar 02 2017

When it comes back to the lower house, we will see what the decision is. I think you'll find they may have a different view.feedback

Feb 21 2017

They'll have all the rights they have now. We want to see the most civilised and the most responsible arrangement possible. We want to see Latvian citizens in the UK have all the rights they have now continue into the future. And it's not just the residence rights, that's public services, it's healthcare, it's all the normal rights that we would give to our own citizens.feedback

Feb 02 2017 - Immigration

The White Paper makes clear that we expect to bring forward separate legislation in areas such as customs and immigration delivering a smooth, mutually beneficial exit. Avoiding a disruptive cliff-edge will be key.feedback

Feb 02 2017

We will seek a new strategic partnership. A bold and ambitious free trade and customs agreement that should ensure the most free and frictionless trade in goods and services that is possible. That will be to our mutual benefit.feedback

Feb 02 2017

Our best days are yet to come. A never-ending transitional status is emphatically not what we seek but a phased implementation process … Will be necessary for both sides.feedback

Feb 01 2017 - Article 50

I will do everything in my power to make sure that the measure goes through swiftly and that, while it is properly scrutinized, it is a simple and straightforward bill that delivers the triggering of Article 50 by March 31.feedback

Jan 31 2017

Do we trust the people or not? It's not a bill about whether the U.K. should leave the union or indeed about how it should do so. It is simply about Parliament empowering the government to implement a decision already made – a point of no return already passed.feedback

Jan 31 2017

Our aims are clear, we will maintain the closest possible nuclear cooperation with the European Union, that relationship could take a number of different forms and will be subject to negotiation.feedback

Jan 26 2017

The British people have made the decision to leave the EU and this government is determined to get on with the job of delivering it. I trust that parliament, which backed the referendum by six to one, will respect the decision taken by the British people and pass the legislation quickly.feedback

Jan 26 2017

I trust that Parliament, which backed the referendum by six-to-one, will respect the decision taken by the British people and pass the legislation quickly.feedback