No 10 right to slap down Davis and not give up on membership of the Single Market

At a regular briefing for journalists, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokeswoman made clear that David Davis’s comments in Parliament yesterday, where he appeared to rule out British membership of the Single Market, were ‘his opinion’, rather than government policy.

Commenting for the Open Britain campaign, Pat McFadden MP, said:

“David Davis’s statement didn’t look good yesterday and it looks even worse today. It is right that Number 10 should not give up on membership of the Single Market and no surprise that they had to slap down Mr Davis after his first public outing yesterday.

“These negotiations should not begin by voluntarily giving up membership of the Single Market which, as we have seen in statements from the Japanese Government this week, helps secure valuable investment and jobs in the UK.

“The Government must not let their immigration policy dictate their economic and trade policy – both must be considered together in the upcoming talks with the EU.”