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Possible hints as to the UK’s approach to Brexit

Andrew Sheftel
July 14, 2016

One of Theresa May’s first acts as Prime Minister was to appoint David Davis, as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Although the UK’s policy with regard to Brexit will ultimately be determined by Theresa May, David Davis will inevitably have a leading role in negotiating the UK’s departure for the EU.

In this regard, it may be instructive to note that he has previously written of his views on what the UK’s withdrawal from the EU should look like, with an emphasis on trade and an increased focus on exports. To this end, he envisaged trade free access to the single market, but that even if that was not forthcoming, he suggested that the UK would use revenue from tariffs to support British industry. He also advocated reducing taxes and regulatory burdens on businesses.

He has also previously suggested delaying triggering Article 50 until around the end of the year, but that the UK should immediately begin talks with the UK’s main trade partners outside of the EU.

There is, of course, no guarantee that the Government’s official position will match these ideas, but they may provide some clues as to a possible future strategy.

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