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Boris Johnson
I haven't seen the study you talk of because I've been here in Australia for the last couple of days and travelling for the last week but all I can give you is my own views about the value of immigration and the value of having an open approach to it. I say what I have always said: as a society, the City of London benefited massively from having talent come to our shores. We benefit from a large Australian population; I think we had 400,000 French people living in London when I was mayor. That doesn't mean that you can't control it (and) that's all that I think people want to see.feedback
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NEW Jul 27 2017
Brexit has been commented on by 398 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Brexit are: Michel Barnier, Theresa May and David Davis. For instance, the most recent quote from Michel Barnier is: “I am not hearing any whistling. Just the clock ticking.”.
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Tim Thomas

Many Manufacturers will see today's announcement as a first step, with the Government for the first time acknowledging that future migration changes will be implemented in a measured way over a period of years.feedback

Tim Thomas

Manufacturers rely heavily on EU workers as well as non-EU nationals to fill crucial roles within their businesses and any immediate restriction in this supply would only exacerbate the current skills crisis in the sector.feedback

Amber Rudd

The study I am asking the Migration Advisory Committee to complete is a major step in ensuring we create a system that works in the best interests of the country.feedback

Tim Thomas

This is a welcome announcement which reflects industry's concerns. The Migration Advisory Committee is best placed to provide independent and evidence-based thinking on what a new model for EU migration could and should look like after Brexit, with employers key to the new model's design.feedback

Mike Hawes

But Brexit uncertainty is not helping investment and growth is stalling. The Government has been in 'listening' mode, but now it must put on the table the concrete plans that will assure the future competitiveness of the sector. Investors need certainty, so at the very least the UK must seek an interim deal that maintains single market and customs union membership until we have in place the complex new agreement sought with the EU.feedback

Amber Rudd

It is critically important the views of each [UK] industry are reflected accurately in this evidence... I also want to reassure businesses and EU nationals that we will ensure there is no 'cliff edge' once we leave the bloc.feedback

Barry Gardiner

As a transitional phase, a customs union agreement might be thought to have some merit. However, as an end point it is deeply unattractive. It would preclude us from making our own independent trade agreements with our five largest export markets outside the EU (the US, China, Japan, Australia and the Gulf states).feedback

Keir Starmer

We need to be flexible in our approach and not sweep options off the table. As we spelled out in our election manifesto, Labour believes that the Brexit negotiations should put jobs and the economy first, with the priority of tariff-free access to the European single market. We want to see a new partnership with the EU that maintains the benefits of both the single market and the customs union.feedback

Ed Davey

The government needs to explain why this study wasn't commissioned a year ago, directly after the referendum. The NHS, businesses, and universities that depend on European citizens need answers now, not in another 14 months' time. Ministers must explain how their negotiations will minimize the damage Brexit will do to our economy and public services.feedback

Anthony Scaramucci

To me, if you can handle the president's personality, if you can handle his temperament - which I happen to love - then you are going to do great with the president.feedback

Anthony Scaramucci

One of the things I cannot stand about this town is the backstabbing that goes on here. Where I grew up, in the neighbourhood I'm from, we're front stabbers. We like to tell you exactly where we're from and what we're doing.feedback

Anthony Scaramucci

Part of his nature is that he is a very tough person, by tough I mean it in a good way, he is really trying to use the bully pulpit and the Oval Office and his presidency to execute an agenda on behalf of the American people and this is a very tough town.feedback

David Davis

When, for example, we strike a deal, let's say, with the United States we don't give the United States' Supreme Court rights in Britain to enforce that. And the same with any other foreign power. Any future arrangements will be subject ... to U.K. Parliament's approval.feedback

Emma Walmsley - GlaxoSmithKline

We would like it to be as much mutual recognition as possible to minimize any duplication.feedback

Emma Walmsley - GlaxoSmithKline

Our main focus is to make sure that we are given a sufficiently long transition period, that is really the thing that matters in our sector. The absolute minimum for us - minimum - is two years.feedback

Philip Hammond

The European Union timeline is clear that we have to make sufficient progress on the initial set of issues that (Brexit Secretary) David Davis has been discussing in Brussels. We hope to have achieved that milestone by September or October, and we then expect to be able to go on to talk about this broader range of issues. Consumers are being affected by the inflation that was created by the depreciation of the currency in the autumn of last year. That will pass through the economy, but I absolutely recognise it's painful as it's passing through the economy.feedback

Paul Hollingsworth - Capital Economics

Some of the UK's main exports to Mexico include industrial products, including engine parts. And whisky accounts for almost 8 percent of the U.K.'s exports to Mexico. I imagine it's going to be more on the services side of things where the U.K. sees bigger opportunities for trade though, for example in insurance activities.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It'll be a big trade deal–much, much more business than we do right now, many, many times. I have a good relationship with the EU people and all, but they are very, very protectionist. We don't want to do it at this moment.feedback

Charlie Mullins - Pimlico Plumbers

Course we should be staying in; Jeremy Corbyn's a twat, ain't he? Brexit is a subject I'm very passionate about and I apologise for the word I used on BBC World at One, but not the sentiment behind it.feedback

Heidi Alexander

It beggars belief that the government have taken a year to get round to asking for expert evidence on the role played by EU nationals in our country. Our immigration policy has been governed by anecdote and scaremongering, rather than evidence, since the moment Theresa May set foot in the Home Office in 2010. The timing of this announcement shows the total lack of preparation and understanding that has typified this government's attitude to Brexit so far.feedback

Philip Hammond

I have said that I think it is going to be more than months, it is going to be a couple of years, probably, something in that range. It possibly could. I think this is something we will want to discuss with our European Union partners.feedback

Philip Hammond

One of the ways of kick-starting stronger growth in the economy is to give businesses and consumers a bit more certainty about the next few years. A transition period, an interim structure with the European Union would give businesses and consumers that degree of certainty.feedback

Michael Gove

There is no reason for that (transition) process to be anything other than smooth and orderly, and it's in the interests of Britain and the European Union to ensure that we transition to a new situation, that we have an implementation phase. Yes. Ultimately the important point is we're leaving.... But provided we know that we're going to get to that destination, then I want to ensure that we take as pragmatic an approach as possible.feedback

Rafael Behr

The national shame of 1940’s disorderly retreat from Europe was felt again when Britain joined the EEC in 1973. And that emotion still burns• Rafael Behr is a Guardian columnist. It would be consistent with a certain kind of Britishness for the nation to ruin itself through sheer embarrassment. Having gone to the trouble of voting to leave the EU, a change of heart would just be too awkward: like complaining about a haircut while still in the chair. So we watch the mirror in mounting anxiety, fretting that this was never what we had asked for, forcing a smile nonetheless, knowing we’ll still pay at the end.feedback

David Davis

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 their future.feedback

James Illsley

In terms of valuations I can't see the case being eroded. Asset classes might change, but from a valuation perspective the scenario remains the same.feedback

James Illsley

Despite popular skittishness, U.K. valuations actually look very good. The market itself is cheap. Valuations are actually about 20 percent below long-term averages, on a cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings ratio. And more importantly in practical terms, U.K. equities look a relative bargain compared to cash that yields virtually nothing and bonds that are yielding less than 1 percent.feedback

Boris Johnson

What the British people want to see is a government that gets on with the job and they've got that with Theresa [May] and we are going to deliver a great Brexit deal. A deal that works for our European friends, for the U.K., but also works for New Zealand.feedback

Liam Fox

The immediate priority is to give businesses on both sides of the Atlantic certainty and confidence. Early discussions will focus on providing commercial continuity for US and UK businesses as the UK leaves the EU. We have begun to look at our continuity agreements to maintain as open and flexible a relationship as we can. We're looking at bilateral ways, while we're still members of the European Union, to achieve trade liberalisation on a number of fronts on science and technology, and we are looking to scope out the future free trade agreement with no preconceptions attached to that.feedback

Fabian Zuleeg

The way the UK has conducted these negotiations has burned many bridges and there are precious few allies and friends left. The notion that the EU could somehow concede on fundamental aspects of the treaties, such as freedom of movement or the oversight of the ECJ, is not only unlikely but would be struck down by the Court when challenged, making the Tony Blair suggestion unworkable.feedback

Boris Johnson

They weren't hostile to people with talents and energy coming to the UK - they just wanted to feel that the British government had a handle on it. What the British people want to see is a government that gets on with the job and they've got that with Theresa and we are going to deliver a great Brexit deal. What the British people want to see is us getting on with the job. They see no need for any more political kerfuffle.feedback

Keir Starmer

I am grateful to Mishcon de Reya for discussing a possible role advising the Mishcon Academy with me, but, given my other commitments, I have decided not to further the discussions.feedback

John Mann

One job per MP is enough for anybody. He shouldn't go for it if he is keeping his current position, I don't see how he would have the time to do both.feedback

John Mann

It could become a conflict of interest, you can't be in the shadow cabinet and have a second job - that's totally untenable for anybody at any time, no matter who they are.feedback

Boris Johnson

If I can make one thing absolutely clear, I'll say this until I'm blue in the face, Brexit is not, was not, will not be about Britain turning away from the world. On the contrary, it is about wanting to keep great relations with our European friends and partners... (while) rediscovering and intensifying friendships and partnerships around the world.feedback

Maurice Obstfeld - International Monetary Fund

Our projection for the United Kingdom this year is also lowered, based on the economy's tepid performance so far. The ultimate impact of Brexit on the United Kingdom remains unclear.feedback

Omer Celik

After the Brexit decision we are pleased to see the EU continues to be strong. It's our common future.feedback

David Davis

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

Heidi Alexander

[Gardiner] starts by asserting the reasons he says people voted for Brexit last year – a list that could have come straight out of Tory central office – sovereignty, immigration and the ECJ. But what about the false promise of large amounts of extra money for the NHS? What about the British prime minister who hyped up his negotiations with the EU but came back with very little to show for it?feedback

Heidi Alexander

They have a hold out power, ultimately underpinned by the ability of their sovereign parliaments to reject any proposed EEA legislation.feedback

Wayne Bowers

We are not necessarily expecting a significantly appreciative pound. In the [Brexit] negotiation itself we think the pound will be under pressure. It is very difficult to see in the next couple of years any reason why you would want to build a positive position in the pound. I think that has certainly protected and helped growth within the UK.feedback

Gianni Pittella

I'm sure British citizens will be enthusiastic to go from the EU high standard control over chicken and food to the chlorinated, full of hormones, US chicken. It is just a further indigestible gift from Tories and their Brexit. Luckily for British citizens, UK won't be allowed to strike new free trade agreements as long as the Brexit process has not reached a conclusion. This news reinforces why the EU will eventually need to have checks and controls on goods coming from the UK. We won't accept a race to the bottom on standards.feedback

Doug Gurr

As of today we're continuing to see lots and lots of applications for every role we put out there. I think you'll find we will adapt. ..to whatever framework we end up with. What that will mean in terms of Amazon's commitment to investment in the UK (is) that in the two years from Jan. 1 2016 to Dec. 31 this year we will have doubled... our number of full time employees in the UK.feedback

Keith Taylor

Fox is promising to discard the vital precautionary principle that guides EU policy-making and protects citizens from any process, procedure or product that carries with it a plausible risk of harm.feedback

Richard Donnell

In London, the Brexit vote has had a greater impact on buyer sentiment and combined with affordability issues has led to a 10 per cent reduction in the annual growth rate over the last 12 months. However, although house price inflation has fallen sharply in the capital, it is starting to flatten out and the rate of growth is likely to avoid year-on-year price falls in the coming months.feedback

Barry Gardiner

If you do what Norway does, what happens is the very reasons that most people who voted leave, voted to leave – namely to regain sovereignty, to regain control of our borders, and not to pay money into the European budget – all are not achieved... To adopt the Norwegian situation would be to become a vassal state, because you actually end up paying money into the EU budget but you have less control over the regulations than you do now with a seat round the table.feedback

Carwyn Jones

We can't be a member because we'd have to be a member of the EU to do it. That doesn't mean we can't participate in the single market. We wouldn't control the rules but we'd have full and unfettered access.feedback

Alistair Carmichael

This is a blatant attempt at intimidating the BBC. The BBC shouldn't be bullied into publishing government propaganda and has rightly stood its ground. Liam Fox is acting like a tinpot dictator. He can't blame the media for his inability to deliver on all the trade deals promised by the Brexiteers.feedback

Liam Fox

It would be nice to think we could get a full free-trade agreement by the time we get to March 2019, but that would be an optimistic view of recent free-trade agreements.feedback

Barry Gardiner

But the trouble with that is that it gives you an asymmetrical relationship with the third-party countries that the EU does a deal with.feedback

Laura Kuenssberg - BBC

Part of the thinking behind Theresa May's surprise decision to call the election for early June was that it would give her a bigger majority and thus empower her to make the compromises necessary in a long and difficult negotiation in which Britain has a relatively weak hand. It now looks as if the compromises will be forced upon her by weakness rather than strength.feedback

Bronwen Maddox

The problem is there are limits on how much preparation you can do. You cannot do all the logistical work on preparing for a new kind of customs union with the European Union until you know what has been agreed.feedback

Andrew Sentance - PricewaterhouseCoopers

It is not hard to explain why the momentum of consumer spending has stalled so badly. Real wages are now falling, even though inflation fell back to 2.6% in June. The main reason for the fall in inflation was the drop in the oil price, but it is still reasonable to expect inflation to rise above 3% later this year as the weakness of sterling continues to feed through to the prices paid by consumers.feedback

David Blanchflower

Once again this month, there is only thin economic gruel in the data. The UK economy is continuing to be impacted by the fall in the pound post-Brexit, which has raised import prices, resulting in a temporary rise in inflation.feedback

Nicholas E. Calio - Airlines for America

To avoid operational disruption and passenger inconvenience, if the parties have not reached agreement on Open Skies by April 2018, they should at least agree to transitional arrangements that will preserve the status quo post-Brexit until such an agreement is reached.feedback

Nicholas E. Calio - Airlines for America

If there is no agreement between the UK and EU by March 2019, other sectors fall back on World Trade Organisation rules but we have no legal framework under which to fly. Divorce proceedings have just started but the negotiators have a lot of issues to deal with and our concern is aviation getting lost in a sea of very important issues. The EU wants to negotiate one large agreement without splitting things out but we believe you have to separate aviation.feedback

Chuka Umunna

At the very least, in the national interest, the UK should seek a long transition period as a member of the single market and customs union. The overwhelming majority of Labour members think we should be fighting to stay in the single market – let's do it. It's vital we oppose the Tory job-destroying Brexit the government has embarked on in the strongest terms – we should give no quarter to it.feedback

Tim Bale

We don't seem to be much further on now than we were just after the referendum. I'm not sure anybody knows just how this is going to go. I'm not sure the government has got its negotiating goals sorted. I'm not sure the EU really knows what (Britain's goals) are either. I think we are going to find it very, very hard to meet this two-year deadline before we crash out.feedback

Liam Fox

It does appear that some elements of our media would rather see Britain fail than see Brexit succeed. I cannot recall a single time in recent times when I have seen good ­economic news that the BBC did not describe as 'despite Brexit.feedback

Lucy Harris

If we haven't finalized it, then anything's still up for grabs. Everything is still to play for. I was fed up with being called a xenophobe. You start this conversation and it gets really bad very quickly. We're in for a bumpy ride, both sides.feedback

Liam Fox

Would we be able to negotiate our own trade agreements during that transition period? Because if we were not, then we wouldn't be able to take full advantage of the freedoms available to us when we leave the European Union. So there's still a discussion to be had, but I don't think that there's any great ideological blockage on the concept of a transition or an implementation period as I would rather put it.feedback

Liam Fox

Having the world's largest economy publicly show commitment to increasing trade with us is not something we should sneer at.feedback

Liam Fox

We will look to see what we are going to do in terms of making that a smooth transition for our businesses, to give them maximum certainty and to cause minimal disruption. Frankly, having waited for over 40 years to leave the European Union, 24 months would be a rounding area, whether that's 23, whether that's 25 is not a huge deal and nor is it an ideological one. It's about the practical issues we would face about getting, for example, any new immigration system into place, getting any new customs system into place.feedback

Michel Barnier

This week's experience has shown, we make better progress when our respective positions are clear. Accounts have to be settled.feedback

David Davis

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

Michel Barnier

Quite frankly, any reference to European rights imply their oversight by the court of justice of the European Union.feedback

Isabel Coixet

People are afraid to speak. People say to me, Thank you for speaking out, because I'm too afraid. I don't think a referendum is the best way to know what's happening in the country. Look at Brexit: I don't think people really knew what they were voting for. And what the government is saying is, if 51% vote yes, OK, now we're independent.feedback

Guy Verhofstadt

We have decided to make a resolution in October/November indicating whether sufficient progress has been made. It will be very important when, at the end of October and the beginning of November, we assess whether we can go into phase two.feedback

Michel Barnier

The questions that we have are: is that divergence reasonable? Is it under control? Is it mastered, and if so by whom? Or will it become a tool for regulatory competition with us?.. It is one of the keys to the success of the negotiation … of the future relationship.feedback

Brian Moynihan

Bank of America has operated in Ireland, and engaged in the local community, for almost 50 years. While we await further clarity around the Brexit negotiations, we are making all necessary preparations to serve our clients, however those discussions conclude.feedback

Brian Moynihan

We will move roles not only to Dublin but to other EU locations ... While we await further clarity around the Brexit negotiations, we are making all necessary preparations to serve our clients however those discussions conclude.feedback

Peter Dixon - Commerzbank

From the current vantage point, the probability of a disorderly Brexit does look high. However, both sides clearly realise - or at least I hope they do - that failure to reach a deal would be highly damaging.feedback

Kevin Burrowes - PricewaterhouseCoopers

Maintaining the flow of data between the U.K. and the European Union is vital to ensure cross-border business continues as normal after Brexit.feedback

Stewart Room - PricewaterhouseCoopers

Brexit won't change how consumer data is handled in the U.K. - there won't be any reduction of rights or protection.feedback

Stewart Room - PricewaterhouseCoopers

It's likely we'll see that U.K. data protection policy after Brexit remain similar, to ensure we're operating on a level playing field with the rest of Europe.feedback

Richard J. Gnodde - Goldman Sachs Group

If I knew today that we would have a significant transition period I could stop spending that (contingency) money because I know I would have time to transition my business. If they [the government] tell me in February 2019 there will be a transition period – well, I've already spent all that money, it's not much use to me. At that point the transition period doesn't really help – so the sooner we know... that's obviously helpful to us.feedback

Andrew Rosindell

When the British people voted to leave the EU, they voted to end open borders and control who comes into the UK. The British people voted for Brexit and they expect Brexit to happen, in full on time.feedback

Philip Rush

The European Council would need to be unanimous in allowing the UK to abort Brexit and the ill-feeling already generated would lead to far worse terms. In particular, the rebate and key opt-outs would be gone, thereby making the costs of being in the EU far higher than before.feedback

Viraj Patel

Sterling's weakness should not be underestimated in the current dollar-selling backdrop. The stagflation warning signs are flashing for the UK economy after this week's data, while any 'soft' Brexit euphoria is slowly beginning to fade as the reality of difficult negotiations begins to sink in.feedback

Ian Strafford-Taylor - FairFX

Time and time again, we have seen how the pound has been subject to volatility since the Brexit referendum and how some currency providers look to be taking advantage of it. Our analysis of airport rates today shows that consumers are routinely being offered as low as 0.96 euros to the pound, well below parity. It couldn't come at a worse time just as the nation heads off for the great summer holiday getaway.feedback

Lucia Puttrich

London will remain an important financial centre ... [but] there will be a transfer from those who need to have an office in the European Union, because London will not be in the internal market.feedback

Lucia Puttrich

Nobody wanted Brexit so even if you benefit from strengthening of the financial centre we will still pay a high price.feedback

Lucia Puttrich

The movement will not be initiated immediately but it will be step by step. People talk about several thousand [jobs coming to Frankfurt], but it is difficult to put a figure on it.feedback

Michael Gove

I know not just from agriculture but from other industries how important it is we ensure we have access to the high quality labour on which the success of our economy depends. And, as the Prime Minister has made clear, as we leave the European Union we will have an implementation period which will ensure we continue to have not just access to labour, but the economic stability and certainty business requests, and that is something around which the government and the cabinet are united.feedback

Jonathan Lipsmeyer

For me this was important because it helps address the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim spirit that seems to be enveloping the country. My first thought was, this whole hateful tide was sweeping the planet after 'Brexit,' Trump's election and the rise of the right wing in France, and I can help.feedback

Michael Gove

I think that when it comes to an implementation period, it should be driven by a pragmatic judgment, a shared pragmatic judgment, about what we need in the best interests of our economy and guaranteeing a smooth exit from the European Union, in line with the result that the British people voted for just over a year ago. Pragmatism is the watchword. The judgment we need to make is what is in the interests of our economy consistent with recognising the instruction the British people gave us last June.feedback

Simon Jenkins

Britain is going to leave the EU, as commanded by the electorate. But leave has a thousand meanings. An interim deal must be chosen over chaos• Simon Jenkins is a Guardian columnist. Of course there must be a Brexit transition deal. Brexit without transition is skydiving without insurance. Leavers and remainers must agree on that. The Brexit talks are clearly not going well, even on the simplest of issues. The idea that in 18 months every one of a hundred topics will be done and dusted is stupid. No transition is flat-Earthism.feedback

Theresa May

I value financial services in the City of London, and I want to ensure that we can keep financial services in the City of London. I believe that we will do just that.feedback

John Hawksworth - PricewaterhouseCoopers

Looking beyond the current financial year, we would expect the decline in the budget deficit to resume if current tax and spending plans are maintained. This should give the chancellor some room for manoeuvre in his Autumn budget to ease up on austerity in priority areas like health, social care, policing and housing investment. But he will wish to do this in a measured way given the uncertainties around the economic environment as the Brexit process continues and the high initial level of the public debt to GDP ratio.feedback

David Davis

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

Michel Barnier

Quite frankly, as far as we are concerned we can see no other way in which we can guarantee continuation of European rights [for EU nationals] … Only the court can interpret EU law, it is not a choice, it is an obligation. We want our citizens to be protected by EU law.feedback

Michael Gove

I am an environmentalist first because I care about the fate of fellow animals, I draw inspiration from nature and I believe we need beauty in our lives as much as we need food and shelter.feedback

Michael Gove

I want to ensure we go on generously supporting farmers for many more years to come. But that support can only be argued for against other competing public goods if the environmental benefits of that spending are clear.feedback

Larry Elliott

By leaving we can have the sort of radical socialist programme that would be illegal under EU law• Larry Elliott is the Guardian’s economics editor. Jeremy Corbyn is not the first leader of the Labour party to have form as a Eurosceptic. Hugh Gaitskell was so fearful of the drive for European political union that he warned about Britain ending a thousand years of history as an independent state. Clement Attlee was no big fan of what was then called the common market either.feedback

Caroline Lucas

Michael Gove's overture the to the environment might make him sound like a keen defender of nature but his Government's actions suggest that protecting our natural world is a long way from the top of their priority list. There is an environment-shaped hole in the Government's Brexit plans. They failed to announce any kind of environmental protection bill in the Queen's speech, and we still don't know how they will transfer enforcement powers from EU institutions to the UK.feedback

Michel Barnier

I said last week that I wanted to identify the points where we agree and the points where we disagree. This was possible this week for the issues on which there was a clear British position.feedback

John Cryan - Deutsche Bank

We build replicate infrastructure in Frankfurt, and over time if we end up, because of the actual Brexit, rebooking everything into Germany, Frankfurt, then there will be roles in London that get eliminated or moved. People may not, but the role would move to Frankfurt.feedback

David Davis

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

Michel Barnier

There does remain one fundamental divergence on the way in which such rights would be guaranteed and on several other points, for example, the rights of future family members or the exports of certain social benefits. What we want - and we are working on this - is an orderly withdrawal for the United Kingdom, that's decided. An orderly withdrawal means accounts must be settled. We know that agreement will not be achieved through incremental steps. As soon as the UK is ready to clarify the nature of its commitments, we will be prepared to discuss this with the British negotiators.feedback

David Davis

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

Paul Hollingsworth - Capital Economics

June's retail sales figures suggest that recent talk of a marked consumer slowdown has been overdone. We shouldn't get too carried away by these figures. After all, the retail sales figures are very volatile on a month-by-month basis. And the heatwave in June provided a boost to clothing sales that may not be sustained. Nonetheless, the fact that growth in sales values also accelerated in June suggests that households are not tightening their belts in response to higher inflation or Brexit uncertainty.feedback

Liam Fox

We don't want to have no deal, it is much better that we have a deal than no deal. We can of course survive with no deal and we have to go into a negotiation with those on the other side knowing that that's what we think. If you think about it the free trade agreement that we will have to come to with the European Union should be one of the easiest in human history. We are already beginning with zero tariffs and we are already beginning at the point of maximal regulatory equivalence as it is called, in other words our rules and our laws are exactly the same.feedback

Liam Fox

None of us can predict the future. These are slightly peripheral questions. In terms of the Prime Minister, I think the Prime Minister is likely to be there for the rest of this parliament. I think she has the support of her colleagues in the House of Commons, I think she has a mandate to be Prime Minister. I think she's got a working majority now in the House of Commons and I don't think there is anything to be gained by speculation about leadership.feedback

Liam Fox

We don't want to have no deal. It's much better that we have a deal than no deal. We can, of course, survive with no deal and we have to go into a negotiation with those on the other side knowing that's what we think. But of course we want to come to a full and comprehensive deal with the European Union. Why? Because it's good for the people of Britain and it's good for our economy and it's good for the consumers and workers of Europe and their economy.feedback

Liam Fox

Will YOU be in your job in another year's time? None of us can predict the future.feedback

Liam Fox

If we are to have an implementation phase between leaving the European Union and our final settlement, I don't have a problem with that. But I do think we have to leave the EU first of all to keep faith with the voters who instructed us to do that. You cannot leave the European Union and be in the single market or the customs union. I wouldn't predict anything in the future, in politics you never know what's going to happen next. In terms of the Prime Minister, I think that the Prime Minister is likely to be there for the rest of this parliament.feedback

Liam Fox

I don't think there is anything to be gained by speculation about leadership. We have got a job to do, we have got a very big task, a historic task, and that is what we should concentrate on and to be diverted into personality issues I think doesn't either do the Conservative Party, the government or the country any good.feedback

Jyrki Katainen - European Commission

Because of Brexit, because of (the) Marine Le Pen type of phenomena, because of rule of law problems in Poland, because of (President Donald) Trump, because of fake news, because of all these things around we have seen a wakeup call.feedback

Graham Turnock - UK Space Agency

It is clearly important to our industry to stay a part of the programme, We cannot wait until the day before Brexit to get clarity on this.feedback

Rachel Kent

Some firms I've spoken to have explicitly said if there is a (favourable) deal they would reverse that.feedback

Joachim Fritz-Vannahme

You hear more and more voices saying, It is ridiculous what the Brits are doing,' . Over the last 12 months, we have heard everything and the opposite: hard Brexit, soft Brexit, quick Brexit, long Brexit. When you follow what is coming out of Theresa May's cabinet, it is not clear what vision Britain is opting for.feedback

Tim Bale

I am not sure that anybody is in control at the moment. There are about as many views about the direction of Brexit as there are members of the cabinet.feedback

Tim Bale

The national interest and parliamentary arithmetic would dictate some kind of grand coalition on Brexit. But the logic of the internal politics of the Conservative Party points the prime minister, and aspirant leaders, away from the obvious solution.feedback

Philip Hammond

In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat, you need it.feedback

Alexander Clarkson

Suddenly, because of Brexit, British people feel their social position is under threat.feedback

Michel Barnier

There does remain one fundamental divergence on the way in which such rights would be guaranteed, and on several other points. Simply, if there is to be continuity of EU law, that has to be framed by case law of the court... It's not a choice, it's an obligation.feedback

Michel Barnier

A clarification of the UK position is essential, if we are to have any progress. As soon as the UK is ready to clarify its position, we will be prepared to have these discussions. This week's negotiations have shown we make better progress when our respective positions are clear.feedback

David Davis

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

David Blanchflower

Markets have no idea where the economy is headed and interest rate rises could easily push the UK back into recession• David Blanchflower is an economist. First, a little primer on inflation. The UK inflation rate for June 2017 as measured by the consumer prices index (CPI) was 2.6%, the Office for National Statistics announced this week. That is to say that the cost of living, measured by prices of a representative “basket of goods” from computer games to children’s clothing, rose by 2.6% over the prior 12-month period, although it was down from 2.9% the month before.feedback

David Davis

Overall I'm encouraged by the progress we have made on understanding each other's positions. We both recognise the importance of sorting out the obligations we have to one another, both legally and in a spirit of mutual cooperation. We have had robust but constructive talks this week. Clearly there's a lot left to talk about and further work before we can resolve this. Ultimately, getting to a solution will require flexibility from both sides.feedback

Tim Farron

If I'm honest with you, I felt to deal with the questions about all sorts of things I either had to compromise my faith and say none of it matters. Which I just couldn't do. I could have done, but that would have been a road crash of my faith.feedback

Tim Farron

There was no doubt in my mind. The likelihood was that it was either death or survival. Without wanting to overdo the gloom, that's exactly how it was.feedback

Tim Farron

I am very content with what we've achieved, I don't feel I have any wounds to go and lick. We've saved the party, we've done a job.feedback

Tim Farron

Sniffing the spaniel, that might be the name of my book.feedback

Tim Farron

72 hours before the election I was told that I could lose my seat. The thing I've probably learnt more than anything else in my two years is the importance of clarity. Maybe you can afford nuance when you've got 200 or 300 MPs. When you've got eight, you can't. We deliberately risked everything. I thought, if we take the safe option here we might just bleed away into total irrelevance.feedback

Tim Farron

I was on the way to do a local election visit when she announced the election and I thought 'flipping heck, we really aren't ready'.feedback

Tim Farron

I had a little acronym: PAWAWI – pick a ward and win it. And it was basically about getting people – it doesn't matter where you are, pick a ward and you could win. It might mean nothing if you're Tory or Labour. To us it's everything. It gave us momentum.feedback

Tim Farron

It didn't feel like it. But I'm a good campaigner, I think. Talking to people, rallying the troops. And I do wonder how much of my message was lost.feedback

Michel Barnier

Clarification of the United Kingdom's position is essential. We want an orderly exit, and an orderly exit requires Britain to settle its accounts.feedback

Andrew Sentance - PricewaterhouseCoopers

Consumer spending has been a powerful engine of UK economic growth for the past three years, but has now lost momentum. The GDP figures for the second quarter are likely to confirm this picture of subdued economic growth. The vote for Brexit has created a more uncertain climate for business and a squeeze on consumers from higher inflation. We face the prospect of weak economic growth this year and next.feedback

Liam Fox

What we are doing is to discuss at the WTO why Britain believes in free trade, why we reject the concepts of protectionism, why we think that we need to liberalise the services economy globally. We don't want to have no deal. It is much better that we have a deal than no deal. We can of course survive with no deal. And we have to go into a negotiation with those on the other side knowing that's what we think. That's the legal definition – if you are out of the European Union, you are not in the single market or the customs union.feedback

Bill Emmott

They are the explanation for Trump, for Brexit, for Le Pen.feedback

Owen Jones

In the light of Labour’s surge, it is now clear the party came undone when it conceded too much to the right• Owen Jones is a Guardian columnist. So now we know Labour suffered its 2015 rout not because it was too leftwing, but because it was not radical enough. Why conduct a postmortem on the long-deceased, or pick at an old scab, when there are now so many fresher wounds? 2015, after all, was another political age. “2015 politics: Ed Miliband eats a sandwich a bit weirdly,” as one tweet put it last year. “2016 politics: everything is on fire.” Trump, Brexit, Corbyn, a snap election that calamitously rebounded: it sometimes feels as though 50 years of politics have been compressed into just two.feedback

Anand Menon

Our findings show a chaotic Brexit would, at least in the short term, spawn a political mess, a legal morass and an economic disaster. This report makes it clear 'no deal' is an outcome the British government must strive to avoid. No deal doesn't mean the country would come to a stop. But even under relatively benign conditions and with time to prepare, the impacts would be widespread, damaging and pervasive.feedback

Teresa Parker - Northern Trust

Continental Europe is a strategic area of focus for Northern Trust and the creation of our EU banking presence in Luxembourg highlights our commitment to growing our business in the region.feedback

Hans-Olaf Henkel

My impression is that Mr Barnier wants to do the same. The reason is simple. They would seek to make sure that Brexit is such a catastrophe that no country dares to take the step of leaving the EU again.feedback

Hans-Olaf Henkel

If the UK government comes back and says it would like the UK to stay in Euratom, I would say great and so would most of my colleagues. As they consider this matter, I would urge them not to listen to Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, or even Michel Barnier, Europe's chief negotiator, who I am afraid want to make a mess out of this whole unhappy situation.feedback

Keir Starmer

The clock is ticking and the risks are increasing day by day. David Davis can hardly say this is the time 'to get down to business' and then spend only a few minutes in Brussels before heading back to Whitehall.feedback

Tom Brake

This £1.2m bill is a kick in the teeth for taxpayers. The Conservatives fought every step of the way in the courts to try and avoid proper scrutiny over Brexit, now the public is having to pick up the tab.feedback

Simon Coveney

I would ask that anyone applying for a passport would first be sure to visit our website, dfa.ie/passport, to find out which service and turnaround time suits them best.feedback

Theresa May

There's no such thing as an unsackable minister. But at the moment the team is together and we're getting on with the job of delivering what we believe the British people want us to do. There is a need to show strength and unity as a country and that starts around the Cabinet table.feedback

Lenny Henry

In today's Britain, with Brexit ... the need for all our voices to be heard is more important than ever. In a country where racist attacks are on the rise and where people retreat into their own social media bubbles, self-reinforcing extreme world views – and that includes the leader of the free world – diversity isn't a luxury, it is essential.feedback

Lyndsey Dodds

The amount of North Sea cod at breeding age is well below late 1960s levels and recovery remains fragile. If we're to get North Sea cod back on British plates for good, it's vital that we don't lose focus on sustainably managing fish stocks and protecting the marine wildlife as the UK develops its post-Brexit fisheries policy.feedback

Karen Briggs - KPMG

As the UK gets to grips with Brexit, some business leaders have become deeply pessimistic, seeing only the potential jeopardy and upheaval that lies ahead.feedback

Karen Briggs - KPMG

Our country's spirit of entrepreneurialism, mastery of technology and renowned business environment all point to a long-term, collective, ability to rebuild our economy after Brexit. Of course, the risks of Brexit are manifold and very, very real. Indeed many require attention with the greatest sense of urgency. But this study offers a more rounded perspective.feedback

Karen Briggs - KPMG

I hope every business leader is looking not just at the risks of Brexit but also the opportunities.feedback

Jeremy Browne

They are crystal clear about their underlying objective: the weakening of Britain, the ongoing degradation of the City of London. The meeting with the French Central Bank was the worst I have had anywhere in the EU. They are in favour of the hardest Brexit. They want disruption. They actively seek disaggregation of financial services provision.feedback

Philip Hammond

In an issue as important to our nation's future as our exit from the European Union, I welcome any opportunity to build consensus across the House (Parliament) and across the nation. My focus is ensuring that we get a Brexit deal that protects our existing patterns of trade and commercial engagement with the European Union, as well as over time allowing us to explore new opportunities beyond the European Union.feedback

Peter Hetherington - IG Group Holdings

Unsuspecting consumers have been bombarded by providers who market the leveraged product to an inappropriate audience, often using bonus offers to attract clients. This is clearly wrong and we fully support regulators' attempts to stamp out this behaviour.feedback

Peter Hetherington - IG Group Holdings

Whilst we did grow profits, [we were] hoping to grow by rather more than that. We genuinely believe the vast majority of things being proposed are sensible - we support with the one caveat around leverage. Regulators are right to look at leverage but we need to be mindful of the unintended consequences of capping it too low. If you go too far in that area you're allowing people to go offshore. People are very trusting of flashy websites - we all know the internet's a big, bad place and policing it is difficult.feedback

Keir Starmer

Since the election, the government has been in disarray. There is no agreed cabinet position on vital Brexit issues, the negotiating team is not prepared and the prime minister has lost her authority. Meanwhile the clock is ticking and the risks are increasing day by day. We need a fresh approach and to see real progress in negotiations. That means engaging with the substance of talks. And it means resolving vital issues such as citizens' rights that have already dragged on for too long.feedback

Philip Hammond

I think on many fronts it would be helpful if my colleagues, all of us, focused on the job in hand. If you want my opinion, some of the noise is generated by people who are not happy with the agenda which I, over the last few weeks, have tried to advance of ensuring that we achieve a Brexit which is focused on protecting our economy, protecting our jobs and making sure we can have continued rising living standards in the future.feedback

John Hawksworth - PricewaterhouseCoopers

Brexit-related uncertainty may hold back business investment, but this should be partly offset by planned rises in public investment. Fiscal policy could also be further relaxed in the 2017 Autumn Budget to offset the ongoing real squeeze on household spending power. There are still downside risks relating to Brexit, but there are also upside possibilities if negotiations go smoothly and the recent Eurozone economic recovery continues. We expect the UK to suffer a moderate slowdown, not a recession, but businesses should be monitoring this and making contingency plans.feedback

Rafael Behr

Not all the early signs point to the Brexit secretary being a reckless bluffer who is wildly out of his depth. But most of them do• Rafael Behr is a Guardian columnist. One definition of an ideologue is a person who responds to the collision of opinion with reality by insisting that reality must yield.feedback

Harriet Harman

This is the old boys' network at the top of the civil service laid bare – this is not a meritocracy, it is a boys' club. No one should believe that the men are 80% better than the women … This a self-perpetuating oligarchy of men at the top of the civil service and it is out of touch with modern Britain.feedback

David Blanchflower

Why would you want to have a self-inflicted wound at a time when Brexit negotiations are taking place. §We have no idea how it's going to be resolved and that's obviously a big problem. Waiting and watching is sensible. My suspicion is this inflation is temporary and it will start to drop away.feedback

Norman Lamb

We need new and robust domestic regulations to meet the emerging landscape and take the place of EU legislation post-Brexit.feedback

Aditya Chakrabortty

A brave group have become an example for Britain, and all of Europe, in taking back workplace control• Aditya Chakrabortty is a Guardian columnist. You could call the men and women at Viome factory workers, but that wouldn’t be the half of it. Try instead: some of the bravest people I’ve ever met. Or: organisers of one of the most startling social experiments in contemporary Europe. And: a daily lesson from Greece to Brexit Britain, both in how we work and how we do politics.feedback

David Davis

We made a good start last month but we are now getting into the substance of the matter. For us, it's incredibly important we now make good progress.feedback

Norman Lebrecht

Using the Proms as a political platform risks damaging a national treasure. What if a pro-Brexit conductor were to get up and demand equal time? Or a Corbynist? Or an Erdogan supporter? Barenboim should not have spoken.feedback

Theresa May

We are not leaving only to return to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. That is not going to happen.feedback

Michael Emerson

For the hard-Brexiters this is just a time delay to allow the custom services to get prepared for being out of the customs union. But those soft-brexiters in the cabinet, led we understand by Philip Hammond, the chancellor of the exchequer (finance minister), they cannot escape from the primary dogma that this is all about leaving the EU.feedback

Benoît Dillet

This rejection of the ECJ as [a] mediator comes from the U.K. government's rhetorical and strategic call for 'taking back control'. If they manage to reach a compromise, then it would show the strength of EU institutions, since Theresa May has been unilateral on this issue for years.feedback

Kenan Hadzimusic

It will have an affect on people's lives and their professional career, possibilities to study or not in other countries, to live with their spouses. That's the population of Croatia, for example, which is one member of the EU. It's as if you're looking at the population of one country.feedback

Steven Peers

They don't necessarily trust the U.K. and they want to have the EU court there as a kind of independent body to ensure that citizens' rights are still protected.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

I would like to state very clearly that we need real guarantees for our people who live, work, and study in the U.K., and the same goes for the Brits.feedback

Steven Peers

The divorce bill is more likely to lead to the collapse of talks than anything else. I assume it will end up being a bigger gap than we have in the area of citizens' rights.feedback

Kenan Hadzimusic

What will be much fairer and easier would be to in fact look at those rights that [EU citizens] have acquired and keep them, and have a reciprocal solution for the U.K. citizens living in other countries of the EU. That is what the European Union Commission negotiating team is also proposing.feedback

David Davis

It's good to be back in Brussels, to open the next formal round of the negotiations. We made a good start last month, and as Michel says we are now getting into the substance of the matter. For us it is incredibly important that we now make good progress, that we negotiate through this and identify the differences so that we can deal with them, and identify the similarities so we can reinforce them. And now, it's time to get down to work and make this a successful negotiation.feedback

Michel Barnier

I look forward to our negotiations this week. We will now delve into the heart of the matter. We need to examine and compare our respective positions in order to make good progress.feedback

Elmar Brok

The plenary meetings [of the Brexit talks] will show us whether there is a realistic basis for agreement or whether the British government cannot move at all because of its own problems.feedback

Ruth Gregory - Capital Economics

Meanwhile, there are reasons to think that nominal wage growth should start to pick up in the quarters ahead, as higher inflation makes it more difficult for employers to award lower wage rises, a gradual pick-up in productivity growth improves firms' ability to grant larger pay increases and the past tightening in the labour market leads to at least some strengthening in pay growth.feedback

Ruth Gregory - Capital Economics

With the effects of the lower pound appearing to be fading at the start of the production line, CPI inflation looks to have almost peaked already and we think that it will gradually start to head down towards the 2% target from next year.feedback

Chuka Umunna

It is clear that Labour people want to see clear red water between Theresa May's job-destroying Brexit and Labour's position. Here is clear evidence that keeping membership of the single market and the customs union on the table in these negotiations is the best way Labour can distinguish itself and provide the strongest possible opposition to the Tories on Brexit.feedback

Raj Karia

This broadens the appeal of London for companies in countries like Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and southern Europe. There are a lot of companies globally which are state owned and will be privatised and in the run up to Brexit, London is appealing to the world outside of Europe.feedback

David Davis

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

Yves Herman

The Tory Brexit Secretary has been pictured sitting down for negotiations in Brussels... without any notes.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

The chancellor may have an abacus where his conscience should be, but cabinet leaks should give us pause. He wants a sane Brexit, and hardliners want him out of the way• Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist.feedback

Eloise Todd

It's increasingly clear that no Brexit is better than a bad Brexit: no one voted to become poorer or have their rights reduced. The government has committed to delivering the 'exact same benefits' out of Brexit for the UK and its people – that means guaranteeing citizens' rights as they stand, and right now the government is failing on that measure by its own standards.feedback

Hussein Sayed

It seems that monetary policy is having more weight than the Brexit talks; if Tuesday's inflation figures from the UK surprise to the upside, expect sterling to continue rallying.feedback

Chris Grayling

What I know is: we're not a group of clones, we have discussions round the cabinet table and outside cabinet, we debate issues, we decide what's right and we get on with it. I'm very clear that the cabinet and the party are united behind Theresa May, united in determination to get the right deal for the country in Brexit, in the Brexit negotiations, and to make sure we continue the economic progress we've made.feedback

Chris Grayling

We all want a Brexit process to lead to a situation where we have good, constructive economic and trade relations with out European neighbours, not as part of the European Union, but as their biggest customer. In the everyone's interests that we have an economically sensible, economically beneficial Brexit deal. And everyone's going to work for that – everyone in cabinet agrees that that is where we should be.feedback

Chris Grayling

I read some of the stuff in the papers at the weekend and it bore no relation to the meetings I was in last week. The chancellor is absolutely right to say no one should be discussing, on or off the record, what takes place in cabinet meetings. I don't think there's any doubt about that at all. But the coverage I read at the weekend about the tense rows in the cabinet simply didn't happen – it wasn't like that.feedback

Chris Grayling

All I can say is my experience of both being inside cabinet meetings and also with cabinet colleagues in the last few weeks is that I don't see these great divisions that are suggested in some of the Sunday newspapers. I have to say I think all of this is somewhat overblown.feedback

Michel Barnier

On each one of these early phase topics, our goal is to ensure that we are all working from the same basis with shared goals. My door is open, listen to all Brexit views.feedback

Justin Cooper

Shareholders can be thankful they had punchy special dividends and the weak pound in their corner, but improving profits have also played their part.feedback

Michel Barnier

Then there can be a discussion about frameworks that can move forward. Without that happening then not only is it unacceptable and it goes against devolution in its entirety, it's unworkable because you are going to enter into a complete mess where up until now there is a list of things that are devolved and a list of things that are reserved. Now, there will be areas which are neither or both, and decisions will be made by UK ministers without consulting the Scottish Parliament or the government on matters that are actually devolved. That is unacceptable and it would lead to chaos.feedback

Philip Hammond

The way to get the economy moving, the way to restore business confidence and then consumer confidence, is to give as much clarity as possible as early as possible, which is why I have been talking over the last four or five weeks about the importance of a transition arrangement.feedback

David Davis

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

Chris Williamson - Markit

Companies have become increasingly worried about the business outlook, largely as a result of heightened political uncertainties and the potential impact of Brexit. Business optimism about future prospects has sunk to its lowest for nearly six years, adding to a growing body of data which points to a slowing economy.feedback

Brian Murphy - Mortgage Advice Bureau

The average time to sell, standing at 60 days in this month's [Rightmove] report, has remained broadly unchanged now for the last quarter, and also points to market consistency in most areas that again flies in the face of some who might suggest that the market is in negative territory. Quite to the contrary, all of these indicators would point to a calm, steady and functioning UK market, with perhaps those consumers who did decide to 'wait and see' in the lead up the election now deciding to simply get on with their move, adding yet more motivated movers into the mix in most parts of the UK.feedback

Erik Millstone

We are surprised at the failure of the government to address a huge set of issues related to food and agriculture. They give the impression of sort of sleepwalking into this.feedback

Mary Creagh

A hard Brexit will be bad for British families and bad for British farmers. The government needs to protect our agricultural industry, and stop devastating price rises for British people already feeling the pinch.feedback

Erik Millstone

This will hamper not just food safety but environmental protection [and] employment protections.feedback

Tim Lang

With the Brexit deadline in 20 months, this is a serious policy failure on an unprecedented scale.feedback

Tom Brake

The Conservatives seem utterly overwhelmed by the scale of the task and are incapable of dealing with the consequences of the extreme Brexit they have chosen.feedback

Rebecca Long-Bailey

If we could negotiate membership of the single market whilst dealing with free movement and dealing with the other issues then that would be great, but I think that's probably unlikely and we'll have to be looking at a more flexible approach that maintains the benefits that we currently have in the single market whilst perhaps not being a member. Again, the position is very similar. We want to maintain the benefits that we currently have within the customs union – we want to have our cake and eat it, as do most parties in Westminster.feedback

Rebecca Long-Bailey

We need to be flexible. We've got to not cut our nose off to spite our face.feedback

Rebecca Long-Bailey

If we could negotiate an agreement on remaining within the single market that dealt with all of those issues then that would be fantastic. But whether that's likely remains to be seen.feedback