David Davis seeks to reassure Eurosceptics on post-Brexit


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David Davis will use a speech today to reject hardline Brexiteer claims that the planned two-year transition period after 2019 will leave the United Kingdom a "vassal state".

Brexit secretary said that during a post-2019 transition period Britain would be free to negotiate "new trade deals with old friends and new allies around the world".

These deals won't enter into force until after the transition period ends.

Amid reports that Eurosceptics are also anxious that Mrs May was being bounced into a "soft Brexit" by civil servants as she lacks authority, a Number 10 source said: "The PM triggered Article 50, she set direction of the Brexit negotiations in her Lancaster House and Florence speeches and personally secured the deal that led to sufficient progress".

Davis's speech was reportedly rewritten by the prime minister's aides last night following outrage among Conservative MPs over a speech by the chancellor Philip Hammond in Davos, Switzerland, in which he said there would only be "very modest" changes to Britain's trading relationship with the European Union after Brexit.

The Brexit Secretary also said that anyone who used the phrase "red lines" when going into a negotiation was an "idiot", after Rees-Mogg accused him of drawing such lines in Brexit talks.

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But after becoming concerned over Brexit, Woolfe said he had stepped into the role of engaging other groups in the search for a united message against those campaigning for continued European Union ties, who he said were better funded and organised.

David Davis says Britain will remain within custom union rules during any Brexit transition.

Davis also said he would discuss with the European Union how regulators can provide a smooth transition for companies.

"But obviously with the clock ticking. the British administration reaches out and we understand that, but they can not start negotiating before Britain has left on March 31, 2019", she added. Download The for your device.in English and other languages.

"I think that was before I was minister", he said "That was then, this is now".

"During the implementation period, we are clear that the UK's and the EU's access to one another's markets should continue on current terms", the trio wrote.

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But he added: "If the Conservative Party doesn't deliver the Brexit that the British people voted for, the Conservatives will not win the next election".

Hard-line Brexit backer Jacob Rees-Mogg has already expressed alarm at the transition plans.

Asked if he expected the details of the future relationship to be laid out in full by the time Parliament votes on the withdrawal deal, the Chancellor told Bloomberg TV: "Probably not the full details, but we would expect the high level shape of the future relationship to be emerging by that time".

Mnuchin, who has a leading role in overseeing the U.S. economy, made the promise at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Mr Davis said: "There is no difference between the Chancellor and myself and indeed the Prime Minister in terms that we both want a Brexit that serves the British economy and serves the British people".

After winning the June 2016 referendum, many Brexit or Leave campaigners feel they are losing ground to voices questioning the meaning of the vote, a debate which has deepened divisions and prompted some to predict a "Brexit betrayal".

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