Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We're United Behind May, Claims Davis

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We're United Behind May, Claims Davis

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Byline: Gavin Cordon Reporter

BREXIT Secretary David Davis is set to embark on a fresh round of talks on Britain's EU withdrawal amid continuing tensions among ministers over the Government's negotiating strategy.

Mr Davis will meet with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels today at the start of the fourth round of negotiations.

Their meeting comes after Theresa May attempted to break the deadlock in the stalled talks process with an offer for Britain to continue paying into EU coffers during a two-year transition period after the UK formally leaves in 2019.

While ministers publicly united behind her plan - set out in a keynote speech in Florence on Friday - there were reports of behind-the-scenes clashes between Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Mr Davis denied reports that the policy had changed after Mr Johnson - who was reported to have been ready to resign - published his own blueprint for Brexit in a 4,000-word article for the Daily Telegraph. …

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