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1 December 2016

Responding to David Davis’ comments regarding continued contributions to the EU budget, Leave.EU founder, Arron Banks said:

“David Davis’ revelation that he would consider paying into the EU budget for preferable access to the Single Market is an incredibly foolish concession by a politician who clearly knows nothing about business or negotiation.

“Earlier this year, David Davis wrote at length for Conservative Home about the negotiation that would take place following a vote to Leave and stated that ‘access to our market is more important to Europe than our access to theirs’; ‘we are too valuable a market for Europe to shut off’ and that ‘everyone knows that the balance of trade is in Europe’s favour’.

“And yet, under no pressure to do so – we have not even invoked Article 50 yet – the new Brexit Secretary reveals his simplicity by conceding on such a fundamental point of contention and throwing away our taxpayers’ money.

“Davis needs to learn quickly. I officially invite him to my offices for training in the new year. Failing that, I hear ‘Negotiating for Dummies’ is half price on Amazon.”