Results 1–20 of 3912 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Davis

Exiting the European Union: European Court of Justice (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: In Florence five months ago, the Prime Minister set out a proposal for the implementation period under current terms, utilising the existing structure of European Union rules and regulations, including the European Court, for that time-limited period. That is necessary so that there is only one set of changes for businesses and people and minimum disruption. We are also clear that our...

Exiting the European Union: European Court of Justice (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: I think that is the first time I have seen the hon. Gentleman in alliance with my hon. Friend the Member for the 19th century.

Exiting the European Union: European Court of Justice (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: As my right hon. Friend well knows, we are going into negotiation on this matter almost as we speak. During that period, my primary concern is any new laws coming into effect over which we have had no say, and we will aim to set up arrangements to ensure that they do not harm the United Kingdom.

Exiting the European Union: European Court of Justice (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: It is almost sine qua non that all my Ministers support Government policy, which is more than I can say for Opposition Front Benchers.

Exiting the European Union: Phase 2 Negotiations (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: It is not for the UK to accept or reject the European Union’s directives. This is its mandate for negotiations, and we have our own set of objectives. In my speech last Friday, I set out our position on what we would like to see in the implementation period, and we look forward to continuing the discussion with our European Union counterparts. Let me be clear: that work has not stopped....

Exiting the European Union: Phase 2 Negotiations (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: We will be discussing in some detail with the European Union the treatment of people after our actual departure from the Union. The hon. Gentleman must take it as read, as I have said several times, that they will be treated properly, that we will not do anything to undermine our economy, and that we will do everything possible to ensure that the industries he talked about are supported.

Exiting the European Union: Phase 2 Negotiations (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: There can be few policies that have been talked about more by Prime Ministers than this one. There have been two major speeches—Lancaster House and Florence—and two White Papers, and something like 15 Bills will be going through this House over the course of the Parliament, so the House will not be unaware of all aspects of the bespoke deal. We have also made very plain what we...

Exiting the European Union: Transition Period (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: As I have said before, the duration of the implementation period should be in the region of two years, and the Commission’s position indicates a period of similar length: so far it has talked about 21 months. The aim on both sides is to give individuals, businesses and Governments time to plan and initiate the changes that must be made to allow a smooth and orderly transition, and to...

Exiting the European Union: Transition Period (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: If I simply accept the European Commission proposal, then yes.

Exiting the European Union: Transition Period (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: The hon. Gentleman is right that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, but in the joint report that we concluded and got agreement on in December the EU agreed that the transition date, or end date for ongoing permanent residence rights—not possibilities, but rights—will be March 2019.

Exiting the European Union: Transition Arrangements (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: At the General Affairs Council on Monday the European Council agreed its negotiating directives on the implementation period. Now that the Commission has a clear negotiating mandate we hope to move quickly to begin detailed discussions on the implementation period. Given the alignment in our positions we are confident we can reach political agreement by March. There remain a number of areas...

Exiting the European Union: Transition Arrangements (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: As to the right hon. Gentleman’s opening remark, as he is an intelligent and well-informed person it is amazing that he does not differentiate between a £100 billion demand and a £35 billion outcome; that seems to have been a somewhat useful exercise by the Government. As for the next stage, there is a negotiation to be undertaken. There is a variety of important areas, but...

Exiting the European Union: Transition Arrangements (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: With the greatest respect to the hon. Lady, the purpose of the implementation period, which was asked for by just about every business organisation, is to ensure they face stability in the couple of years in the run-up to the conclusion of the future relationship. That is what is going to happen, and that is why companies and the CBI and others welcomed it when we announced it.

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: As we accelerate the pace of our negotiations with the European Union, I gave a speech last Friday to lay out the terms of the implementation period for our new relationship. This period, a bridge to the future, will be strictly time-limited and see a continuation of existing structures and rules. We will no longer be a member of the EU, which is a legal requirement for signing a new trade...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: First, not only have we not yet engaged in the future relationship negotiation, but the EU has not yet decided its own negotiating guidelines. They will, we expect, be laid down by the March Council on 22 March, and to that end I am talking to every member state that I can in order to ensure that we are at the same place on this issue, rather than having, as the hon. Lady terms it, “a...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: Actually, the right hon. and learned Gentleman does not have to ask me; he should read the book. In addressing the Select Committee on 6 December last year, I said in terms: “We will at some stage—and some of this has been initiated—do the best we can to quantify the effect of different negotiating outcomes as we come up to them. Bear in mind that we have not started phase...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: Let me say something on that as well. One of the things that the right hon. and learned Gentleman has been trying to pretend over the course of the last few days is that somehow my colleagues have been critical of the civil servants doing this job, because the outcome is as yet a work in progress—[Interruption.] That is what it is: a work in progress. I say that because we are trying to...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: I am happy to reassure my hon. Friend on that point. The British people voted to leave the EU—17.5 million of them—in the biggest mandate in our history, and we are committed to respecting the result of the referendum. The Government have undertaken a wide range of ongoing analysis to ensure that we get the best deal for the British people in our EU exit negotiations, but...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: No, I do not. As I explained earlier, one of the great difficulties with such forecasts is that they have proved to be entirely wrong at every turn so far, and that is not just the view of a politician. The smartest and most innovative economist in the country is probably the deputy Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Haldane, who referred to the forecasts as having faced a “Michael...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2018)

David Davis: My right hon. Friend picks up on an important point. It is a component of the negotiations that brought the public claim down from £100 billion to £35 billion—part of that was offset by our assets.


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