Brexit chief Davis hits out at 'silly' European Union negotiation tactics

David Davis arrives in Downing Street for Cabinet following the summer break

May is ready to agree to the total in a bid to kickstart trade talks, but won't disclose details until after the Conservative Party conference in October, the Sunday Times reported, without citing anyone for the information. Davis will make a statement in the House of Commons about the progress of the third round of Brexit talks.

Internal and opposition criticism to the Repeal Bill has been dismissed by Brexit Secretary David Davis as "nonsense". "The government is usurping a great deal of power from parliament", he told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme. "What this bill will actually do is ensure there is not a legal cliff-edge when we leave the EU".

"We lost our majority so everything has changed and one of the reasons I think we lost our majority was because of that rather silly, foolish, bullish attitude as I describe it".

Brexit secretary David Davis (L) listens to Michel Barnier on Thursday, who said the United Kingdom would not be allowed to undermine the single market.

With Parliament back from recess, Thursday sees the second reading of the European Union withdrawal bill. The Committee Stage later in the Autumn is a different matter.

The bill transposes existing European law into United Kingdom law but will involve extensive use of "Henry VIII powers", which allow ministers to change primary legislation using secondary legislation without parliamentary scrutiny.

Theresa May's said it was time for Parliament to "play its part" by passing the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill at its second reading, but her deputy Damian Green issues a warning to colleagues planning to side with Labour, the SNP and Liberal Democrats to try keep the United Kingdom in the single market. "I'm in this for the long term".

The rebel MPs may defy May's leadership in light of her saying she would lead the Tories at the next General Election.

The Guardian reports that the shadow cabinet will make a decision on how to vote when it meets this morning.

"With a majority in parliament supportive of close ties with Europe, we think that the minority government will struggle to pass the legislation for a "sovereignty-first" version of Brexit", the paper says.

Asked about possible difficulties for the bill, the Downing Street spokeswoman said the prime minister's focus "is on giving enough time to debate" the bill. "That's one of the domestic issues we are determined to get to grips with". His then girlfriend, Alicia Collinson, was the tutorial partner of the now prime minister, then Theresa Brasier.

Asked if he shared the prime minister's desire to stay in place for another five years, in defiance of a significant chunk of Conservative MPs, Green said: "Yes, I think Theresa is doing what is a very hard job extremely well and I would like to see her continue to do this for many years".

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