Davis’s acknowledgement of financial contributions is rare dose of realism in debate

The Secretary of State for the Exiting the European Union has today said that the UK would consider making payments to the EU after it leaves to secure the best possible access to the Single Market. In answer to a question in the House of Commons from Wayne David MP, David Davis told MPs the ‘major criterion’ was getting the best access for goods and services to the Single Market and ‘if that [financial contributions] is included ... then of course we would consider it.’

Commenting, Pat McFadden MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:

“The acknowledgement that preferential access to the Single Market may require financial contributions is a rare dose of realism in this debate. 

“The Leave campaign’s story was that we could keep everything we have in terms of market access for goods and services but not have to pay a penny for it. 

“They pledged to give £350 million a week more to the NHS as a result of leaving but the OBR have revealed that Brexit will mean less cash, not more, for public services. The public won’t simply forget that pledge on the side of their bus. They should be held to that whether or not we still have to pay in some way for future market access.

“David Davis also said today that the Government’s aim was that the UK’s future trade agreements could be sorted out within two years with no need for a transitional agreement. It will be interesting to see how that pledge unfolds when the negotiations begin.”


Notes to editors

David Davis’s comments were made during departmental questions in the House of Commons and are reported here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38168942