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Davos speech sparks renewed call for Brexit clarity

29 January 2018, 05:49 | Frank Carlson

Four awkward moments from David Davis' Brexit evidence

Brexit: David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg spar over extending Article 50

When I asked Mr Blair about that, he responded with a wry smile, describing Mr McDonnell's decision to attend as "an indication that the Labour Party has changed in a fairly fundamental way".

Mr Carney declined to explicitly back the Chancellor's call for a "modest" change after Brexit, but did say: "The deeper the relationship with the rest of the world, the better it is going to be for the economy".

Andrew Percy told Mr Hammond to "put a sock in it" on Instagram, accusing him of "writing his own Brexit policy".

Arguing that ministers should have been in Davos trumpeting the benefits of Brexit, he told the Guardian: "It would be good if all cabinet ministers stuck to government policy".

On Friday, he sought to clarify his comments.

"Firstly we will not be members of the union, we will be replicating to a very large extent the operations of the Single Market and Customs Union in order to make sure there is a single change, from the point of view of businesses in particular".

Mark Pritchard, a formerly pro-remain Conservative MP, tweeted that there was "no major revolt on the Tory backbenches".

However, another European Union source suggested that a longer transition period is "implied" within the negotiating directives.

The poll confirms a small but persistent shift in recent months towards Remain, with 51 per cent of those expressing a view saying they were now in favour of staying in the European Union, a tighter margin than the 52 per cent Leave result of the June 2016 referendum.

"You are pulling out of a big regional bloc on your doorstep, just at a time when many big countries are coming together".

TvOS public beta 11.3 bridges HomePod with Apple TV via Airplay 2
Business Chat doesn't share the user's contact information with businesses, Apple stated, and users can exit a chat at any time. Spotted by Felipe Esposito of iHelp , iOS 11 .3 includes multiple strings of code that make reference to a "modern iPad".

The obligation will likely enrage United Kingdom fishing organisations, who lobbied hard for a Leave vote in the belief that the United Kingdom would be immediately out of the Common Fisheries Policy and be entitled to take much bigger quotes of fish from British waters. "They voted for hope and opportunity and politicians must now deliver it", he said in a speech on Thursday evening.

His strident tone followed a clash with Davis at the House of Commons Brexit committee on Wednesday.

And Eurosceptic Conservative backbenchers lined up to criticise the chancellor.

Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg made the comments as he tried to skewer the Government over its divorce plans. The UK chancellor said the government was not seeking an "off-the-shelf" model to replace the membership of the EU single market and customs union.

"But the other side, which John McDonnell talks about, is that we have to remain part of the European single market".

"While it would suit some people to have all of our analysis laid out for everybody to see to some extent we need to play our cards close to our chest", he said.

Rees-Mogg was furious over the prospect.

Amid reports that Eurosceptics are also anxious that Mrs May was being bounced into a "soft Brexit" by civil servants as she lacks authority, a Number 10 source said: "The PM triggered Article 50, she set direction of the Brexit negotiations in her Lancaster House and Florence speeches and personally secured the deal that led to sufficient progress".

Davis' speech comes during a week in which Brussels has set out its parameters for the next phase of negotiations ahead of the start of formal discussions.

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