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David Davis vows to set out 'strategic plans' for Brexit

Brexit minister David Davis. Credit: PA

Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised MPs that the Government will set out its "strategic plans" ahead of the triggering of talks on withdrawal from the EU, but said it will not reveal anything which might "jeopardise our negotiating position".

Mr Davis faced calls from opposition MPs and some Conservative backbenchers that the plan must be detailed enough to withstand scrutiny in the Commons before the planned triggering of Article 50 at the end of March 2017.

Former chancellor and remain supporter Kenneth Clarke said the Prime Minister's plan to reveal her plan was "extremely vague", and called for it to be set out in detail in a White Paper for publication before the UK begins to leave the EU.

However, Mr Davis insisted the Government must leave "room for manoeuvre" to respond with "a high degree of agility and speed" to developments in extremely complex negotiations expected to last two years.

Davis: 'Let's make Britain greater still'

David Davis, the minister in charge of Britain leaving the European Union, finished his speech at the Conservative Party conference with the words "let's make Britain greater still".

"We're the fifth largest economy in the world," he said, mentioning the prevalence of the English language across the world, and saying Britain is key to the security of Europe.

Davis also addressed immigration to the UK, saying it wouldn't be fully halted because "we must win the global competition for talent."

However, he said that numbers must be brought down, while accusing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of being out of touch for failing to acknowledge this as a necessity.

"The clear message from the referendum is this: We must control immigration", he said.

He added that the UK will still want to retain the "freest possible trade" between the UK and EU.

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