David Davis says there won't be 'Mad Max-style' free-for-all after Brexit

GETTYAn association agreement could allow a bespoke deal for business – but may come with concessions

GETTYAn association agreement could allow a bespoke deal for business – but may come with concessions

Davis said Britain plans to participate in a global "race to the top", rather than reduce standards, with a continued push for employee safety, flexible working hours, environmental controls, and high banking and financial standards.

He also intends to urge for a maintained strong partnership with the United Kingdom and the European Union on matters that involve principles and laws.

"Business needs clarity and with two out of six of the government's "road to Brexit" speeches already delivered, the Tories' approach to Brexit is, if anything, less clear", Corbyn said.

Livelihoods depend on the Government getting this right, and rather than simply talking about life after Brexit the time has come for our political leaders to explain how they are going to deliver a courageous new world in which Britain is able to flourish.

Brexit Secretary David Davis will use a speech Tuesday in Vienna to promise that Brexit won't lead to "an Anglo-Saxon race to the bottom, with Britain plunged into a "Mad Max"-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction".

"I know that for one reason or another there are some people who have sought to question that these really are our intentions", he said.

He is expected to say that shared commitments to high standards will reduce friction post Brexit. "These fears about a race to the bottom are based on nothing, not our history, not our intention, not our national interest".

Guy Verhofstadt
GETTYGuy Verhofstadt is working towards a draft of the agreement

One slide suggested that the United Kingdom might cut "levels of occupational safety and health" leading to "higher exposure to chemicals and carcinogens", and that workers could have their consultation rights cut to reduce delays for collective dismissals.

Dutch politicians, including Pieter Omtzigt, the parliament's Brexit rapporteur, has said his country is only preparing for the stated policy of the United Kingdom government - the United Kingdom outside the customs union, and that if we need hundreds of new customs and agricultural inspectors, the British are going to need thousands.

Davis said Britain and the European Union could preserve regulatory standards by close cooperation between regulators and the use of an independent arbitration mechanism.

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.

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox will today tell a summit of manufacturers that high standards deliver multiple benefits, arguing they help establish United Kingdom goods as "a kitemark of quality, innovation and world-leading technological advances".

Today's report from IPPR also raises the risk that even if the United Kingdom chose to largely retain European Union standards it could see them watered down "by accident" if it fails to invest in the watchdogs and civil service resources required to keep track with European Union regulations as they evolve over time.


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