Brexit will not create 'Mad Max' dystopia, says Davis

Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis “These fears about a race to the bottom are based on nothing not history not intention nor interest.”

Britain's third-largest trading partner is formally planning for a no-deal Brexit

On Friday, 62 members of the European Research Group, a group of anti-EU MPs, sent a letter to the Prime Minister calling for the United Kingdom to leave the single market and laying out a series of "suggestions" for the terms on which Britain should exit the European Union.

With Britain plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction.

Davis' made the comments address Austrian business leaders today as he embarked on a series of speeches being described as the "road to Brexit" by the United Kingdom government as he spells out the British vision for a future partnership with the EU.

That the United Kingdom is free to start negotiating new trade deals with non-EU countries immediately after Brexit in March 2019, and that any "implementation period" doesn't restrict the UK's ability to do so.

David Davis will today offer fresh assurances to business leaders that the United Kingdom will not slash environmental standards post-Brexit, insisting that fears about a post-Brexit "race to the bottom" on a range of standards are "based on nothing".

"Leaving [the EU customs Union and Single Market] isn't a question of ideology, but practicality", the MPs wrote, "we cant' strike those free trade deals if we don't".

"They fear that Brexit could lead to an Anglo-Saxon race to the bottom", he told the audience in the Austrian capital.

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In his upcoming speech, David Davis also plans to point out how concerns over a "race to the bottom" in the rights of employees and environmental values are "based on nothing".

"With Britain plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction".

His intervention comes amid growing calls from European Union leaders for Britain to spell out exactly what kind of agreement it is seeking with Brussels.

"Such mutual recognition will naturally require close even-handed co-operation between these authorities and a common set of principles to guide them", he will say.

"This will be a crucial part of ensuring our future economic partnership is as open and trade remains as frictionless as possible".

Nevertheless, disentangle ourselves we must and while there has been no shortage of oratory and rhetoric in recent days underlining the importance of both sides recognising each other's standards and regulations and the need for a smooth transition, there has been precious little evidence of how this can be achieved.

The Netherlands has traditionally been seen as a key ally of the UK, and stands to be among the most impacted by any radical change to UK-EU trading conditions - as when imports and exports are combined it is the UK's third largest trade partner.

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