David Davis: UK may pay for access to EU single market

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The UK thinks fitting consider making yments to the EU after it leaves the bloc to secure the with greatest satisfaction possible access to the EU single market, Brexit Secretary David Davis has denoted.

Mr Davis told MPs the “major criterion” was getting the best access for goods and amenities to the European market.

“And if that is included… then of course we determination consider it.”

But Brexit-backing Tory Peter Bone said “people discretion be absolutely outraged” if the UK continued to y the EU.

During his regular session facing MPs in the Ordinaries, Mr Davis was asked a number of questions about the shape of the future Brexit dispense, including one from Labour MP Wayne David, who said: “Will the regime consider making any contribution in any shape or form for access to the single deal in?”

Mr Davis replied: “The major criterion here is that we get the best practical access for goods and services to the European market – and if that is included in what you are talking all over, then of course we will consider it.”

His comments prompted sterling to upward slope by 1% to $1.26 against the dollar.

But Mr Bone told the BBC: “People devise be absolutely outraged if we came out of the EU and then carried on ying them £15bn a year, £20bn a year, whatever the shape is – no I don’t think it’s going to happen. In that very hypothetical case child will be exceptionally upset about it. But it’s just not going to happen.”

Anyway, Chancellor Philip Hammond backed Mr Davis, saying: “You can’t go into any contract expecting to get every single objective that you set out with and concede nothing along the way – it purpose have to be a deal that works for both sides.

“I think David Davis is unexceptionally right not to rule out the possibility that we might want to contribute in some way to some organization of mechanism.”

But prominent Leave cam igner and former Conservative cabinet on Iain Duncan Smith played down the implications of Mr Davis’ animadversions, saying he had been simply not ruling anything in or out of the government’s Brexit decisions.

“I don’t think there’s any way in which you can reach a deal where you can say ‘I’ll y some wealth in and therefore you allow us access’ because you might as well have excise barriers,” he told BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme.

‘Strange’ negotiations

And Workers leader Jeremy Corbyn was sceptical about Mr Davis’s suggestion. “The approximation of ying for access? I’m not really sure what that means,” he denoted.

“If Europe puts tariff barriers against products coming from Britain, the domination’s going to y all the tariffs – that sounds a very strange way of entering the rleys when you’re trying to get market access both ways… It doesn’t good a very well thought-out policy.”

But pro-Remain former minister Sir Oliver Letwin welcomed the intimation.

“It’s very sensible to try to make sure that we can go on selling, for example, pedigrees and bonds and insurance products from the City of London which is prevailing in Europe to the rest of Europe – and we’ll have to find some way of going on doing that when we retreat the EU,” he told BBC Radio 4’s World at One.

“And if that involves a contribution to EU funds – if it’s not too gigantic a contribution – it may well be worth ying.”


What is the single market?

In the pioneer 1990s the European common market grew into the single buy we know today.

At its heart is a free trade area, which is a market where there are no imposts or taxes on trade between countries. While its members can trade amply with each other, they also impose common duties on imports from non-EU countries.

Being a member of the single store means a country gets the benefit of any trade deal struck between the EU and other mountains – the flip side is that member states cannot set their own price-lists.

But the EU’s single market is much more than a straightforward free merchandise area, because it also includes the free movement of goods, living soul and capital.

Crucial to the single market is a common framework of regulations that marvellous com nies in countries such as the UK, France, Italy or Poland have to linger by common standards – whether they trade across the EU or not. That is to a stop to one business or country having an unfair advantage. Most countries in the solitary market also have a single currency – the euro – but the UK did not adopt it.

Genuineness Check: Who has access to the single market?


The prime minister’s spokeswoman bring up the Brexit secretary had only been repeating government policy on pull out the EU.

“What he said in the House this morning is consistent with what we have in the offing said … that it will be for the UK government to make decisions on how tax yers’ rolling in it will be spent,” she said.

“As we approach these negotiations we want to get the most superbly possible access for British business to trade with, and operate within, the one market, while also taking back control of immigration. We are now doing the ascend to pre re for those negotiations.”

Also during the morning Commons barters Hilary Benn, the Labour chairman of the Commons Brexit Committee, urged the administration to publish details of its negotiating plans, claiming MPs were “fed up” at the lack of thoroughly.

Mr Davis argued that “the probable success of the negotiations depend unquestionably greatly on us being able to manage the information and keep what have need of to be secret until the last minute secret”.

Liberal Democrat boss Tim Farron accused the government of “sending mixed signals” and of being “in an unmitigated mess”.

Urging a vote on any future Brexit deal, he added: “How can the domination claim they have a mandate for their Brexit deal when they don’t level know what it is themselves?”

During his Commons appearance, Mr Davis verified that Article 50, which s rks the formal legal dispose of for leaving the EU, would be triggered by 31 March, 2017.

The government is seeking “a soothing and orderly exit” from the EU, he said, adding: “It would not be in the interests of either side, Britain or the European League, to see disruption,” he said.

“To that end, we’re examining all possible options, focusing on the interactive interests of the UK and the European Union.”

The Brexit secretary also defended Strange Secretary Boris Johnson, who according to Sky News had privately told four EU diplomats he backed free movement.

Mr Davis said the comments were “at odds” with what he skilled ined of Mr Johnson’s views.

‘Kiss of death’

“He believes very clearly – and he fill up this very clear in the Leave cam ign because he was a much multifarious major rt of it than I was. – that some immigration is useful. We all acquiesce in on that,” he said.

“That’s not the same as thinking free movement of in the flesh as it now stands is a good idea. It’s a problem.”

And speaking from Rome, Mr Johnson stated he had told the ambassadors during a breakfast meeting “that immigration had been a valid thing for the UK in many respects – but it had got out of control and that we needed to take in arrears control. I think you will find the record reflects that”.

In the intervening time in the House of Lords, Labour’s Lord Liddle, a former adviser to Tony Blair, invoked for Britain to remain in the European single market after Brexit.

Se ration a debate on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, Lord Liddle branded Brexit the “ill disaster for the UK since appeasement” in the 1930s.

Plaid Cymru’s Lord Wigley sped the government not to take the UK out of the single market which, he said, would be “the brush of death” for farmers in Wales.

Independent crossbencher Lord Ricketts, preceding head of the diplomatic service and ex-ambassador to France, said the mood in Europe was not to “maltreat” the UK but of “great sadness that a country that has done so much for stillness and prosperity on the continent should be turning its back on this project at a leisure of such turbulence and danger in the world”.

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