Umunna – David Davis backtracking more times than a mountaineer with no map

David Davis appeared before the Brexit select committee this morning, and made a number of admissions. This included backtracking on previous comments about whether the UK would be able to negotiate new free trade deals before having left the EU, admitting he has “changed his mind” on his previous support for staying in the Customs Union and denying that the Government ever had any Brexit ‘red lines’.

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“David Davis today backtracked more times than a mountaineer who has no map, no compass and no idea where he's going.

“He admitted he was wrong to promise the UK would have dozens of free trade deals ready to come into force on the day we leave the EU.

“He admitted he has 'changed his mind' since previously advocating staying in the Customs Union.

“He claimed the Government never had ‘red lines’ on the ECJ and the Single Market, and refused to say if there will be a ‘Brexit dividend’.

“The Brexit Secretary must think we are all stupid. As it becomes clear that the Brexit he and others promised is not deliverable, people have every right to keep an open mind.”