David Davis defends Brexit team gender balance


Brexit Secretary David Davis has armed the gender balance in his negotiating team, after questions about the mass of women involved.

Writing to a House of Lords committee, Mr Davis put about 40% of his team in last month’s round of talks had been lassies.

Committee members had said photos showing a largely male line-up were “a humiliate” and “shameful”.

Mr Davis said the government strived to make the civil military talents “representative of modern-day Britain”.

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In his letter to the House of Lords EU Panel, he said the personnel involved would “vary from round to heat as we deploy the best available staff for each issue under bargain”.

He also said 52% of all staff at his Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) were cleaning women.

“I will also continue to work for the best possible deal for the UK during these negotiations, and that hopes using the best expertise we have available to support the negotiation in DExEU and across Whitehall, regardless of gender or any other cause,” he added.

Gender balance questions were raised last month, when Mr Davis manifested before the committee, with Labour member Baroness Kennedy clamorous to know how many women were in the negotiating team.


Strain MPs then wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May, urging her to review the line-up and lesson the talks were becoming “just another job for the boys”.

Formal Brexit talks are under way, with the UK scheduled to leave the EU in March 2019.

Mr Davis’s former chief of stick, meanwhile, has described Brexit as the “biggest calamity” facing the UK since Period War Two.

In a series of tweets, James Chapman called for “sensible” MPs to join forces to antithesis the process, if necessary by forming a new party.

He said businesses would “fly the coop” the UK once it left and “revenues collapse”.

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage tweeted: “Which side was Mr Chapman in effect working for in the Brexit department?”

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