David Davis’s Strasbourg talks expose government’s Brexit failings

Brexit secretary David Davis’s visit to the European Parliament today did not result in any meaningful progress and risks further antagonising our European partners, with whom Britain will have to negotiate any EU exit deal, Labour MEPs have warned.

Neena Gill, Labour MEP for the West Midlands said:

“David Davis’ visit to Strasbourg today needed to build alliances and show MEPs that the government has a plan - yet he only stayed in Strasbourg for a few hours. His visit risks alienating other EU members, as he failed to meet the Parliament's President, the Chair of the relevant committee or the leader of the key Socialist & Democrat Group. Moreover, the word Brexit did not pass his lips or any hint of the government’s plan.”

“Just like the British people, MEPs have been asking if the British government has a plan. Whether it be research funding for key universities like we have in the West Midlands, the Single Market, or law enforcement cooperation, we still have no answers. And we should be in no doubt that our negotiating partners in Europe can see through the bluster.”