David Davis suggests UK could pay for single market access

Such an approach would see Britain adopt a similar model to Norway, which pays €869m a year to trade in the single market, take part in EU research programmes and for criminal justice cooperation. Similar access could cost the UK €5bn a year, according to some MEPs.

 

Davis said the government would look at the options during the article 50 process over the next two years. “The major criterion here is that we get the best possible access for goods and services to the European market,” he said. “And if that is included in what he is talking about, then of course we would consider it.”

 

During questions in the House of Commons, the Labour MP Wayne David asked if the secretary would “consider making any contribution in any shape or form for access to the single market”.

 

Britain could pay into the EU budget in exchange for access to the single market, David Davis has told MPs, because ministers are considering all options to get the best Brexit deal. The Brexit secretary said the government would not rule out making future payments indefinitely in order to secure favourable access to European markets, in remarks that were endorsed by the prime minister’s spokeswoman and the chancellor.

 

Wayne David (@WayneDavid_MP) In reply to my Question, David Davies has stated that govt is prepared to consider ‘paying’ for access to Single Market. Significant brexit December 1, 2016

 

 

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