We'll be out of the EU by December 2018, says new Brexit Secretary David Davis as he calls for 'brisk' approach to negotiations so Britain can start enjoying the economic benefits of cutting ties with Brussels

Mail Online | 7/14/2016 | Matt Dathan, Political Correspondent For Mailonline
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Britain should be out of the EU in around two years, the new Brexit Secretary David Davis has said.

The long-time Eurosceptic, who Theresa May appointed to be in charge of negotiating Britain's withdrawal from the EU, said he wanted a 'brisk but measured approach to Brexit'.

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He wants to strike new trade deals with countries swiftly so Britain can enjoy the 'economic benefits of Brexit' before the UK officially cuts ties with Brussels.

Mr Davis, whose official job title is Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union - a new department - set out his broad vision for the withdrawal process in an article for ConservativeHome website earlier this week.

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In an ideal world Britain would conclude consultations and battle plans 'in the next few months' before triggering Article 50 - the formal EU rules that set out the process for leaving the EU - before the end of this year.

Given the time limit for concluding negotiations with the EU is two years, this means Britain would be out of the Brussels club by the end of December 2018.

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But he wants Britain to start negotiating trade deals with non-EU countries immediately.

'This means that some of the economic benefits of Brexit will materialise even before the probable formal departure from the EU around December 2018,' he wrote.

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Mr Davies, 67, outlined his vision for the Brexit negotiations before landing the key Cabinet role by Mrs May last night.

He wants all the money Britain currently pays to the EU diverted to spending in the UK, with funds being poured into agriculture, research grants and regional funding.

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Outlining his vision for Brexit negotiations, Mr Davis said in the article: 'We need to take a brisk but measured approach to Brexit.

'This would involve concluding consultations and laying...
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