UK Brexit secretary ready for talks with EU MEPs
Story No.: 4067424
Source: AP TELEVISION
Dateline: Strasbourg - 22 November 2016
Date: 11/22/2016 11:39 AM
Strasbourg - 22 November 2016
1. UK Brexit Secretary David Davis walking to greet media
2. Davis talking
3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Davis, UK Brexit Secretary:
"I'm in Strasbourg to meet Manfred Weber (German MEP) and Guy Verhofstadt (President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) and the head of the EPP (European People's Party) and the negotiator for the European Parliament. We will start the negotiations once we've served the Article 50 letter. It is important to understand that we've first got to know each other and get to trust each other and secondly to understand the structures. For example Guy, I explained in great detail how we're approaching it, how we're drawing up our policies, what the categories are, and he was very helpful in terms of the way the institutional structures will work, how they interplay between the parliament and the commission and the council will work. Very important things to understand. Not negotiations but to understand the structure."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Davis, UK Brexit Secretary:
"And that's the point. One of the things we're very clear about is we're going to deal with this systematically. There are issues relating to migration, issues relating to security, issues relating to law, issues relating to the market. And all of those, before we initiate the proper negotiations, all of those we will be very clear about we will have worked out all of the implications. Both for ourselves and as far as we can for the European Union. You see, we want this to be a success for the United Kingdom and a success for the European Union. Both. And that's why we're taking our time to get it right."
7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Davis, UK Brexit Secretary:
"What we're after is that which is in the interest of the Union and in the interest of the United Kingdom - trading interests, business, manufacturing, services and the aim is to make it as open as possible. We've said this before, and that's the clear overarching aim."
9. SOUNDBITE (English) David Davis, UK Brexit Secretary:
"Well, we got a very good ambassador, Kim Darroch (British Ambassador to the US), who's the current ambassador there. He's going to be there for years. He used to work with me in European Union days of old. He's very good, he's a brilliant ambassador and he's going to stay there."
The UK Brexit Secretary David Davis on Tuesday said that his government wants success for the UK and the European Union (EU) after his country leaves the bloc.
Davis was in Strasbourg to meet European leaders to talk about negotiations on leaving the EU.
He also said that British Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch would be in post "for years".
It followed US President-elect Donald Trump's comment that interim UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage would be a "great" British Ambassador to the US.