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>> Morning, Mr. Davis.>> This is the new Mr. Brexit. David Davis, taking up the role of secretary of state for exiting the EU. He believes the risk of losing a key export partner will force EU leaders such as Angela Merkel to agree a free trade deal. Reuters senior UK correspondent Will James, says the 67 year old is a veteran Euro skeptic.
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>> What we know about his position, as he set out in a series of speeches that he made himself. He didn't join one of the major campaigns. He wasn't a Boris Johnson type figure. But what we know is that he thinks that Britain can win a free trade deal from Europe.
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And he thinks that Europe would be forced into dealing with Britain and giving it what it wants. Because they can't afford to lose an export partner.>> Davis is now tasked with defending Britain's economy. Whilst unpicking more than four decades of trade, legal, and diplomatic ties to the EU.
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At the heart of the role is a key negotiating riddle. How can Britain keep access to the EU single market whilst restricting free movement of workers from within the EU?>> At the moment, there's free trade where part of the EU but also, people can come over here and live freely.
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A big part of the campaign was for controls on migration. Europe doesn't want to give that up easily and I think if he's going to win a deal, there'll need to be some compromise and it's got to be a compromise that keeps Europe happy. And it keeps the people who were campaigning for Brexit happy.
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>> Davis was between by Cameron in a 2005 leadership contest and has previously worked in the Foreign Office. Whilst there, he was nicknamed the Charming Bastard by his European colleagues. One foreign minister also calling him the master of constructive obstruction. His appointment then, unlikely to go down well in Brussels.
00:01:37
Particularly as Davis has said, it will take a little time before triggering article 50. EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker certainly won't be thrilled. Davis has accused him of being a, quote lifetime politician from a country that seems to have a season ticket on the European Gravy Train. It won't be lost of many that Davis' new title, Secretary of State for exiting the European Union, spells CU.