David Davis demands publication of hidden Brexit documents

David Davis has demanded Theresa May publish hidden Brexit documents in his first speech in the Commons since resigning.

The Former Brexit Secretary resigned over May’s Chequers deal which planned to keep the UK closely linked to the EU.

Today he called for plans his department had worked on for a free trade deal to be published.

He said: "The Department for Exiting the European Union carried out a study of all of the previous free trade deals that the European Union has done in order to create a draft free trade deal which was based solely on European precedent.

"The department was, until I left at least, was working on a legal text of such a draft treaty as one fall back option in the current negotiation.

"Would she agree to publish that text when it’s complete?"

Theresa May thanked Davis for his work at the Department.

But the Prime Minister said she did not want a plan for the UK which was an "amalgam" of previous deals.

Instead she repeated her commitment to getting a bespoke trade deal for the UK.

Earlier in the PMQs session Theresa May delivered a stinging slap down to a Leave-supporting MP who asked "at what point it was decided Brexit means Remain."

MPs booed the question and Mrs May delivered a withering reply.

She told Andrea Jenkyns: "At absolutely no point because Brexit continues to mean Brexit".

"I know that she wants us to talk about the positives of Brexit and I agree with her we should be talking about the positive future for this country.

"I understand she’s also criticised me for finding a solution that is workable I have to say that I disagree with her on that.

"I think what we need is a solution that is going to work for the United Kingdom, ensure we leave the European Union and embrace that bright future we all agree on."

Ms Jenkyns looked considerably chastened after Mrs May’s response.

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It comes after a tumultuous week for the Prime Minister’s Brexit negotiations.

She suffered another resignation on Monday after being accused of capitulating to hardline Brexiteers by adopting their amendments to the customs bill in order to avoid a defeat.

On Tuesday night Government lost a vote on keeping the UK in the European Medicines Agency by just four votes

And it won a key Brexit vote by just six votes after MPs rejected plans to keep the UK in a customs union – if a deal on frictionless trade can’t be done in time.

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