Brexit and Foreign Affairs

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:18 pm on 26th June 2017.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 6:18 pm, 26th June 2017

No, not for the moment. In a moment.

Last year, in the referendum, we received a national instruction, which we will undertake in a way that serves the national interest. The instruction from the British people was for us to take back control of our borders, our money and our laws. Both the Conservative party and the Labour party campaigned on manifestos that promised to exit the European Union and end the free movement of people. Those two manifestos received more than 80% of the popular vote, so failing to deliver on that instruction is not an option for those of us who count ourselves as democrats. Ending the free movement of people means leaving the single market, as the EU has made abundantly clear to those who have cared to listen.