1. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Davis, UK Secretary of State and Britain's chief Brexit negotiator:
"Success would help us demonstrate that multilateral organisations remain relevant, adaptable and credible and at the same time as delivering a global economy that works better for all citizens. Inside the European Union with many other member states we have worked to liberalise trade and services and we've had some success, limited but some success. But once we're outside the European Union we'll push harder still and we will by spearheading a move to open up trade and services to boost productivity and growth in industries where the US and the UK have a competitive advantage."
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Davis, UK Secretary of State and Britain's chief Brexit negotiator:
"We cannot out compete, we the US and the UK and our other first world allies, we cannot out compete emerging economies with cheap labour. There is no future in trying to be cheaper than China or the other emerging economies. It's like an enormous low wage cost advantages, and I'm no fan of excess burden for businesses but we cannot do very much to eradicate this disadvantage with less regulation so after we leave the European Union we will not be engaging in a regulatory race to the bottom. That would mean global lower standards for our consumers and poorer prospects for our workers. An independent Britain after Brexit has the opportunity to lead a race to the top, a race to the top on quality and standards across the globe."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Davis, UK Secretary of State and Britain's chief Brexit negotiator:
"I want this to continue after we leave the European Union, driving up standards across the globe, helping consumers to benefit from change in technology, helping our workers and companies compete in the new economy and helping others to build a country ready to compete in the modern world. So taken together this is our vision for Britain after Brexit, a bold vision of international cooperation in which countries like the US and the UK provide global leadership, a Britain committed to strike new free trade agreements across the globe, including with the European Union, a Britain cooperating with their friends and allies to drive up standards around the world, a Britain that help set the rules of the global system and works to ensure that those rules are honoured. A Britain which is liberal and international, both in temperament and outlook. A Britain that I have long campaigned for."
Britain's chief Brexit negotiator David Davis said Friday there was no point in trying to compete with emerging economies with cheap labour after the country leaves the EU.
Speaking at a keynote address in Washington DC, Davis said post-Brexit Britain would not be engaging in a "regulatory race to the-bottom" because it would lower global standards for consumers and give lower prospects to workers.
Davis said instead that Brexit gave Britain an opportunity for a "race to the top" on quality and standards across the globe.
Davis' speech comes one day after European Union and Britain finished another round of Brexit talks and remained at loggerheads over a number of issues beyond Britain's financial commitments, including the rights of citizens in each other's areas and the Irish border.
Britain is insisting that it has no obligation to meet all the EU's financial demands while the EU says that without clarity on the bottom line, it will refuse to heed Britain's demand to quickly open talks on a future relationship which would be vital for a smooth transition once Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.