David Davis

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Sept.2018 “Irritation with our decision [to leave] has transformed into an entrenched view [among] senior politicians here in Germany that ‘the United Kingdom cannot be seen to succeed’. It seems to me that this is the attitude not of an ally but of an antagonist.”
Feb.2016: “Within minutes of a vote for Brexit the CEOs of Mercedes, BMW, VW and Audi will be knocking down chancellor Merkel’s door demanding that there be no barriers to German access to the British market.” What they said then and what they’re saying now, The Times, Oliver Wright, Nov.16.2018.


  • Feb.06.2019: ‘A special place in hell’: which Brexiters did Tusk have in mind? David Davis was so ignorant of the EU’s workings that he promised, a month before the referendum in Jun.2016, that Britain would be able to negotiate individual trade deals with Germany, France, Italy and Poland (the EU, as the govt has since learned, negotiates collectively). Within minutes of a vote for Brexit, Davis predicted, German CEOs would be “knocking down Chancellor Merkel’s door demanding access to the British market”. Davis also reckoned that within a couple of years, “before anything material has changed, we can negotiate a free trade area massively bigger than the EU”, blithely assuring the House of Commons in October 2016 that there “will be no downside to Brexit, only a considerable upside”. If you have “a good eye and a steady hand, it’s easy enough”, he said. Jon Henley, The Guardian.
  • Jan.04.2019: No-deal Brexit is like Dragons’ Den. No ferries, Chris? Sorry, I’m out. Somehow even less self-aware than Grayling, ais David Davis, former Brexit secretary, who on Thursday declared that May should delay the deal vote even further to put pressure on the EU. “This is the moment to be hard nosed about these issues,” he wrote in the Telegraph. Like me, you may by now be so very, very over David Davis’s backseat hardman act. He had two years to put pressure on the EU, and according to a former permanent secretary at the Foreign Office “could hardly be bothered to go to Brussels”. Marina Hyde, The Guardian.
  • Dec..08: US agribusiness lobbyists paid for trip by David Davis. A six-day trip to the US by former Brexit secretary David Davis was partly funded by the E Foundation, an American lobbying organisation that is alleged to favour weakening EU regulations on environmental and food standards. The E Foundation worked with UK thinktank on Brexit and is alleged to favour weakening EU food regulations. Davis was accompanied by fellow Brexiter Owen Paterson on the trip last month. The organisation represents agricultural and energy interests. Rob Evans, Felicity Lawrence, David Pegg, The Guardian.
  • Nov.30.2018: Their smirks say everything about Davis and Raab. Nominally in charge of Britain’s negotiations to leave the EU, David Davis spent about 4 hours in talks with Michel Barnier, Brussels’ chief negotiator, in the past 6 months. That’s about the same amount of time he spent at the Spectator "Parliamentarian of the Year" awards recently. He and Dominic Raab, his successor who lasted 4 months in the job, accepted the magazine’s joint prize for “best cabinet resignation” of 2018. As could have been predicted, he turned out not to know anything about anything. Raab had the advantage that his predecessor was an unimpeachably easy act to follow. But Davis and Raab have the consolation of framed certificates from The Spectator. Oliver Kamm, The Times.
  • Sept.11.2018: Lobbyists: Brexit's Biggest Beneficiaries. Just hours after David Davis warned Parliament not to undermine Brexit talks by demanding a say over the final deal, he was at the summer bash of Conservative lobby shop Hanover. Its clients include Goldman Sachs, Tate & Lyle and the vast US pharmaceutical lobby ref. The following week, just as the Withdrawal Bill passed, Davis was eating quail mini-kievs at lobbying firm Westbourne Communications' summer do. It acts for, among others, the finance lobby and hard Brexit think tank, Legatum Institute. Tamasin Cave, Unlock Democracy, Spinwatch.
  • Jul.09.2018: Boris seeking attention yet again': readers on Johnson's resignation . ... ... Davis was utterly useless anyway, and had been phoning it in for months - 4 hours of meetings since the start of this year, are you having a laugh? Boris Johnson seeking attention yet again. Has to be make it all about him. Good riddance, of course, to the worst foreign Secretary I can ever remember, who was a national embarrassment on more than one occasion and was never, ever fit for office. + "good riddance to bad rubbish". + "Good. At one stroke, he’s improved the standing of the UK in the world. Probably the worst foreign secretary in history, certainly the worst post-war." The real reasons Davis and Johnson have resigned isn’t out of principal, it’s because they never wanted the positions in the first place. more. The Guardian.
  • Apr.2018: How dare David Davis blame Sinn Fein for the Irish border mess. Sweet baby Jesus, is there nobody in the Department for Exiting the European Union who can give David Davis a briefing on Irish politics? The Times reports this morning that this kind of briefing is urgently needed. According to our gallant bulldog, the question of Brexit and the Irish border is being complicated by the Irish govt: "We had a change of govt, south of the border, and with quite a strong influence from Sinn Féin, and that had an impact in terms of the approach." This was not actually true. There has been no change of govt, merely a change of Taoiseach. This is not the first time a government minister has suggested everything would be tickety-boo but for the baleful influence of the Shinners. The idea that, secretly, Sinn Fein is either driving the Irish govt's approach to the border issue itself or that, more subtly, fear of Sinn Fein gains at the next Irish election is forcing the Fine Gael minority government to tack towards Sinn Fein’s position rests upon such a thorough ignorance of Irish political history and, just as importantly, current Irish political reality you begin to think this misrepresentation must be deliberate. (more) Alex Massie, The Spectator.
  • Oct.02.2017: Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right 2017. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Seen as the natural ‘fall under a bus’ candidate should May quit, Davis has remained publicly very loyal to the Prime Minister since his appointment in July last year. He was the one to shore up her position in the hours after the election result but is said to remain frustrated by the way Number 10 continues to try to micromanage Brexit. DD has been careful to keep Cabinet ‘Remainers’ onside, including the Chancellor, but his relations with the Foreign Secretary are icy to say the least. Iain Dale, Conservative Home.