David Davis: Brexit ‘as complicated as moon landing’


The man in charge of the UK’s exit from the EU says elements of his job make landing on the moon look thickheaded.

Brexit Secretary David Davis made the remark to business numero unoes as he discussed the interim arrangements that will be in place after the UK give ups.

He suggested the UK would no longer be in the EU’s customs union and single market during this duration.

And he said a “new international body” – not the European Court of Justice – would track new trade arrangements.

The UK is due to leave the European Union in March 2019.

Official mediations began last week, and the UK is committed to leaving both the EU single sell and its customs union.

The government has promised a “phased process of implementation” – or “metastasis period” – to avoid a “cliff-edge” scenario as new arrangements kick in.

Mr Davis was provoke b requested how this would work at an event for business leaders hosted by The Schedules.

Migration controls

Asked whether the UK would be out of the customs union in Tread 2019 – and therefore able to strike its own international trade deals – he answered: “I would have thought so.”

He was also asked whether the UK would stay behind in the EU single market during the transition phase.

“No, no” he replied, adding that the authority had taken “as written” the public’s desire to control immigration, which could not be done as a separate market member.

Ministers ’emboldened’

BBC political correspondent Chris Mason

We are witnessing an emboldened commode, unshackled from an obligation to be quite as publicly loyal as they sporadically were to either their leader, or each other.

So just today, the Chancellor Philip Hammond established a scripted speech in Berlin with a pop at the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

And the Brexit Secretary David Davis supported Mr Hammond’s views on the length of any transition period after Brexit were “not very much consistent with one another.”


And then the prime minister’s documented spokesman intervened to insist Mr Davis and Mr Hammond’s views on Brexit were in accord with each other, and with hers.

It all amounts to the flavour of Brexit being counseled: what happens to the economy? What happens to immigration? How freely, and in which sectors, thinks fitting the UK be able to strike trade deals around the world?

Enter then a knotted web of confusing language to describe a vast array of potential outcomes: and freely permitted to the politics of the next few years at least.

The pro-EU Open Britain throw group said it was “truly concerning” that Mr Davis seemed to clothed ruled out staying in the customs union and single market during the transitional facet.

Chancellor Philip Hammond, who was also making a speech on Tuesday afternoon, indicated the transitional phase should protect the “free flow of trade”.

Moon conjecture

Mr Davis, who said the timescale for any transition period was likely to end in 2022, rephrased preparing for Brexit involved “loads of preparation for various outcomes”.

“Half of my work is running a set of projects that make the Nasa moon shot look fully simple,” he said.

The UK is seeking a new free trade deal with the EU to make good on the current arrangements – but talks on this cannot begin until the EU is joyous with the progress made in the initial “divorce” stage.

How the new trade great amount will be policed is likely to be a sticking point in the negotiations, with the UK solemn word of honouring to leave the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

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Mr Davis said the UK’s trade with the EU would be monitored by a “new dispute firmness mechanism”.

He did not give any details about what this new mechanism last will and testament look like, or where it would be based, beyond saying it purpose be an international body and not the European Court of Justice.

He also sought to set his audience that new arrangements for EU nationals would impose “practically no weight” on businesses, and that the government’s approach to Brexit “puts jobs and affluence first”.

He added: “My job is to bring back control of migration to Westminster.

“It is not to ram the door on immigration. We will bring immigration down but in a way and at a pace that does not genesis labour shortages or, worse, undermine the nation’s need for new talent.”

While Mr Davis was symbolizing, Mr Hammond was addressing Conservative economists and business leaders in Berlin.

He voted the transitional phase would have to be one that “protects the free-flow of career across our borders and the integrity of pan-European supply chains”.

The chancellor phrased “petty politics” should not interfere with “economic logic” in the Brexit get ready and called for transitional arrangements to avoid a cliff-edge scenario.

“Early contract on these transitional arrangements so that trade between our countries can transport on flowing smoothly will reduce uncertainty, unlock investment verdicts, instil business confidence and protect jobs and prosperity, in Britain, in Germany and across this continent,” he symbolized.

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