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    Davis to Benn "presumption of No Deal is literally that a presumption of WTO Most Favoured Nation status, which means there will be tariffs"

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    Benn: so there will be tariffs, so e.g. UK producers of dairy and meat will be facing 30-40% tariffs, cars 10%?
    Davis: Approximately correct

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    Benn: that means will have to be customs checks between Northern Ireland and Republic?
    Davis: already customs checks, done in light way

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    Benn: So UK will no longer be part of US-EU Open Skies agreement?
    Davis: Not that agreement, one would presume that would not apply to us...

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    Benn: Can you confirm that it would mean loss of passporting rights for fin services?
    Davis: would expect that to be the case...uncertain

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    Benn: Can you confirm UK citizens will no longer have access to the EHIC health card?
    Davis: Probably right. Haven't looked at it

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    Benn: can you confirm that in the absence of data adequacy decision from Commission, legal uncertainty about data transfer?
    Davis: not clear

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    Benn: Have you made an economic estimate of No Deal?
    Davis: Under my time, No.

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    Davis: Yes I did brief the Cabinet on No Deal, part of a rigorous process across every Department of State... can mitigate impacts.

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    Benn: "we haven't even mentioned the word 'experts' yet".
    Davis: "I was going to leave that to Mr Gove"

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    Benn: Given this do you think leaving with no deal would be bad?
    Davis: havent mentioned upsides, for 60% trade could relax things other way

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    Benn: Trade Sec says its bad, you say "not as good", Foreign Sec says "probably okay"
    Davis: I give factual answers not throwaway lines

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