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>> David Davis.>> Here.>> 75 pages on Britain's Brexit plan, or lack of it. Brexit secretary, David Davis, setting out a much anticipated white paper on leaving the EU.>> We've always said we would detail our strategic aim for negotiation and seek to build a national consensus wherever possible.
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This white paper sets out those aims and the thinking behind them.>> The statement comes just a day after MPs overwhelmingly backed a bill to begin Brexit proceedings. Of the 12 principles set out, EU free trade is down at number 8, well below issues like controlling immigration. British Prime Minister Theresa May has already said the UK won't have single market access.
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This is about as close as the parliamentary statement came to saying what might take its place.>> Instead, we seek a new strategic partnership including a bold and ambitious free trade agreement and a mutually beneficial new customs agreement. It should ensure the most free and frictionless trade in goods and services that's possible.
00:01:02
>> Perhaps most important, the White Paper specifies there will be a separate vote on new immigration laws, though that wasn't enough to satisfy the opposition Labour Party. It says the paper barely expands on a key note speech from May last month. Mr. Speaker normally I would thank the secretary of state for of his statement.
00:01:22
>> Yeah.>> But this statement says nothing.>> This house->> On the government side of the House even David Davis was reduced to wry humor.>> Don't worry, we've got two years to go, two years of this.>>
LAUGH]>>
But for those wanting to stay in the EU, Brexit is no laughing matter.
00:01:37
>> Paisley