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    1. I happen to be a fan of @DavidDavisMP but I think he is perhaps approaching the Brexit negotiations incorrectly.

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    2. Before Brexit he was a highly effective chair of @CommonsPAC and took civil liberties seriously.

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    3. At the time of the vote he even was litigating at the ECJ with @tom_watson against May's new surveillance and data retention laws.

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    4. The irony being that Davis was on the day of his appointment to @DExEUgov seeking to quash an Act of Parliament by relying on EU law.

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    5. But his approach to EU deal-making has been wrong from beginning.

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    6. First example, from Brexit campaign. This is literally impossible under EU law.

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    (1/3) Post #Brexit a UK-German deal would include free access for their cars and industrial goods, in exchange for a deal on everything else

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    7. Germany cannot under EU law enter into such a deal with UK, even when UK leaves the EU. Davis did not know this.

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    8. Next example, also from the campaign. No comment needed.

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    The first calling point of the UK's negotiator immediately after #Brexit will not be Brussels, it will be Berlin, to strike a deal

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    9. And then this, from after referendum but before appointment.

    This has not even come close to happening.

    Link: conservativehome.com/platform/2016/…

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    10. We are now 9 months into that 12-24 month period for which he said there would be a "large round" of trade deals. There is not one.

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    11. And so on. Davis was good at @CommonsPAC and a sincere civil libertarian but he is consistently unrealistic about trade and EU deals.

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    12. When it became plain that EU were structuring the Brexit discussions in two phases, Davis threatened "row of the summer" to oppose this.

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    13. The opposition to sequencing did not last past day one of the negotiations. UK capitulation. The row-back of the summer.

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    14. And now Davis is still suggesting/threatening "no deal". But his record on being incorrect on trade deals means no credibility on this.

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    15. This a depressing thread to write, I wish it was otherwise. Remain a fan, but this not a good way to approach the Brexit deal.

    /ends

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