Original claim - “Exact same” trade benefits outside the single market.
David Davis in the House of Commons said in January 2017: “What we have come up with … is the idea of a comprehensive free trade agreement and a comprehensive customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits as we have.”
New fact - David Davis has backpedalled on his claim that a Brexit deal can deliver the “exact same benefits” as EU membership, now admitting it was little more than an ambition.
- The Independent headline: “Brexit Secretary David Davis admits deal with ‘exact same benefits’ is not a promise”
- EU leaders have repeatedly warned that being outside of the trading bloc won't be as beneficial for us
- The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said that the UK would "find itself in a less favourable situation than that of a member state".
Original claim - Liam Fox claimed that EU trade deal would be ‘easiest in human history’.
New facts - Lack of competent trade negotiators in the Department for International Trade. Liam Fox has been ridiculed as ‘man of solitude’ over claims his department lacks seasoned trade negotiators.
- Casting doubt on the International Trade Secretary’s repeated assertion that securing a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union should be the “easiest in human history”, the Department for International Trade (DIT) only managed to list one impressive resume when asked how many experienced trade professionals the 15-month old department employs.
- In a second response requested by the Labour MP Pat McFadden, the department also conceded it had no data on how many of its staff were fluent in languages such as Spanish, Japanese and Arabic. “The Department for International Trade does not currently hold central data on the language skills of its workforce”.
- It also comes after it was revealed that Mr Fox had travelled to Washington to open informal trade talks with the US alongside 27 officials, who had little negotiating experience. The information – obtained through a Freedom of Information request by Greenpeace – also claimed the US team, in contrast, contained highly experienced specialists.
New fact - Brexit will put trade deals with 70 countries at risk if guarantees are not obtained by the time the UK leaves the European Union
- The Commons International Trade Committee has warned government that it needs "legally watertight" guarantees that trade deals it enjoys with non-EU countries through the EU will continue before we leave, or it will put trade deals with 70 countries at risk.
Original claim - US wants post-Brexit free trade with the UK ‘fast’, said Boris Johnson.
'They want to do it and they want to do it fast and that understanding was most vivid and most urgent on the part of the incoming administration'.
New facts - Trump rejects May’s post-Brexit agriculture deal with the EU
- The U.S. and other international trade heavyweights have dashed Prime Minister Theresa May’s hopes of a smooth Brexit by rejecting one of her core plans for reintegrating into global trade networks.
- Washington has teamed up with Brazil, Argentina, Canada, New Zealand, Uruguay and Thailand to reject Britain’s proposed import arrangements for crucial agricultural goods such as meat, sugar and grains after Brexit.
- Liam Fox has said public won't accept lower food standards in a row over chlorinated chicken. Change in stance comes day after Trump adviser said that a US-UK trade deal hinged on scrapping EU food import rules.
New facts - U.S. offers UK "inferior open skies deal" on Aviation after Brexit
- Secret air services talks with the U.S. have stalled after the UK was offered an inferior deal to that it enjoys in the European Union, in a move that would badly hit the transatlantic operating rights of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
New facts - Trump has made clear he intends to put "America First" in trade talks
- Trump has placed a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on Aluminium goods, insisting that the tariffs will apply to all countries including the UK and EU.
- The President has tweeted on numerous occasions that he will put "America First" in trade talks, including with allies.
- Officials from the US State Department told MPs from the Public Accounts committee that a US-UK trade deal would abide by “America First” approach, and that in order for a deal to be agreed the UK would need to lower standards on agriculture, something the government has already ruled out.