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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
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May 21 2017 Brexit
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: “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.” in the article Britain's EU 'no deal' threat is genuine, says Brexit minister Davis.
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I've said we will produce it as expeditiously as possible, as quickly as possible. What can you do faster than that?feedback

Parliament will rightly scrutinize and debate this legislation. But I trust no one will seek to make it a vehicle for attempts to thwart the will of the people, or frustrate or delay the process of our exit from the European Union.feedback

I can announce today that we will shortly introduce legislation allowing the government to move ahead with invoking Article 50, which starts the formal process of leaving the European Union.feedback

We will within days introduce legislation to give the government the legal power to trigger Article 50.feedback

There can be no turning back. The point of no return was passed on June 23 last year.feedback

They won't vote it down. This negotiation will succeed.feedback

Some of the other responses we got back from Brussels overnight reflected that, that this was a positive response, something that they were, I think they were hoping for, frankly.feedback

You won't see any difference, let's say, in the right to travel. We have got 35 million people who come here from Europe each year. We will see (about customs checks). That is one of the things we will have to negotiate.feedback

A level of unskilled migration is likely to continue. Where from, how it is controlled, will all be a matter for the new immigration policy.feedback

The referendum last year set in motion a circumstance where the UK is going to leave the European Union, and it won't change that.feedback

If it proves necessary, we have said we will consider time for implementation of new arrangements.feedback

We don't intend to revoke it. It may not be revocable. We don't know.feedback

I'm not ruling it in either, therefore I'm not envisaging it.feedback

It seems to me that it will be perfectly possible to know what the end game will be in two years.feedback

Within that box we want to get the maximum market access for British companies with the minimum of disruption so we will do what is necessary to that aim.feedback

We will need to find our way through a vast number of competing interests to manage our exit from the union, so that our people benefit from it. That is the aim of this exercise. So that our people benefit from it. To do this the government must have the flexibility to adjust during negotiations.feedback

If the European Parliament has a vote, it is inconceivable this house doesn't - simple as that.feedback

The major criterion here is that we get the best possible access for goods and services to the European market and if that is included in what he's talking about then of course we would consider it.feedback

Withdrawing from the EU means the decisions on how we spend taxpayers' money will be made in the United Kingdom.feedback

That may or may not include membership of the single market but it is achievable by a number of different methods.feedback

It is important to ... first get to know each other, meet each other, get to trust each other and secondly to understand the structures.feedback

We will be very clear about how it will be worked out, all of those implications both for ourselves and as far as we can for the EU.feedback

One of the things we are very clear about, we are going to deal with this systematically.feedback

People can say what they like but the simple truth is there's no vacancy. The ambassador there is very very good, as we've seen.feedback

We believe in free speech - we have a very good ambassador in Washington, Kim Darroch, and he'll be there for years.feedback

So we are asking the devolved administrations to bring us their analysis that will help shape our priorities for the negotiation with the EU, and we will share our latest thinking.feedback

The people want us to get on with it, and that is what we are going to do.feedback

We have to treat as absolutely central to what we do maintaining the stability of both the City, but also the European financial markets ... we will therefore do anything necessary.feedback

In the financial sector, as in other sectors, at the point of exit from the European Union, the standards, all the conventions, all of the regulations will be identical, so the transition should be capable of being managed very cleanly.feedback

We need to be explicit that while we commend and welcome parliamentary scrutiny, it must not be used as a vehicle to undermine the Government's negotiating position or thwart the process of exit. Both things are important.feedback

We've had people talking about 'hard' Brexit and 'soft' Brexit, which means very little. We have not started the negotiation with the European Union yet and there is a whole spectrum (of outcomes) from a free trade area to a customs union to the single-market arrangement.feedback

As a result, our negotiating leverage in this area is at least reasonable.feedback

The Treasury has already had a roundtable on specifically this issue and looked very clearly at mutual recognition and various mechanisms of mutual recognition as a fallback on passporting.feedback

We will assess every single concern people raise ... and try to find the simplest and most secure answer to it. Now, that of course will be different for financial services than it will be for a motor car manufacturer... but it won't be a separate deal, there are no separate deals.feedback

This is about trying to get the best for the entire country ... We're not going to float London off.feedback

We want the car manufacturing industry to be doing better, we want the finance sector to be doing better, with no constraints on them.feedback

We will set about making sure that the things that people are worrying about like passporting are resolved, there's no question there.feedback

We will protect the rights of EU citizens here, so long as Britons in Europe are treated the same way.feedback

Nobody should have to pay anybody else to trade with them.feedback

It is no secret in our negotiating strategy I will be using those arguments.feedback

If you're after a factual statement of what the outcome could be it's I guess what is normally known as the World Trade Organisation rules.feedback

There has to be some legislation (to leave the EU), no doubt.feedback

It will start, I guess, at the point of triggering Article 50. We will at that point have a some clear public negotiating guidelines.feedback

Before Article 50 is triggered there will be a rather frustrating time, because we won't be saying an awful lot.feedback

We need to take an empirical approach. The purpose of this is not to damage the national interest or damage economic interest, it's just the reverse.feedback

At that point, which is not yet, we will be doing some quite quantitative assessment of what we think the advantages and disadvantages are.feedback

With respect to access to the single market, what we will seek to do is ideally have a tariff-free access but this is a matter of negotiation.feedback

I want to see a generous settlement for the people here already because they didn't pick this circumstance.feedback

We want to do that at the same time as we get a similarly generous settlement for British citizens living in the EU.feedback

It will keep its access, but whether it keeps tariff-free access is the issue and ...that is what we are aiming for.feedback

We should work out what we do in the improbable event of the EU taking a dog in the manger attitude to single market tariff free access, and insist on WTO rules and levies, including 10 percent levies on car exports.feedback

People will see this as a plastic Poll Tax. It could be a 100 pounds, could be as much as 300 pounds, for the documents including these ID cards and that is an extraordinary sum of money.feedback

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