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Neil Bentley
As we look to Brexit, showing Britain has the ability to grow its own talent and produce people with the skills needed for the economy to succeed is a powerful signal.feedback
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NEW Aug 19 2017
Brexit has been commented on by 422 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Brexit are: David Davis, Philip Hammond and Michel Barnier. For instance, the most recent quote from David Davis is: “Sometimes you will find it difficult to read what we intend. That's deliberate. I'm afraid in negotiations you do have constructive ambiguity from time to time. Treasury is obviously concerned about the City; Business, Energy and Industry are concerned about things like research and manufacturing. [The international trade secretary] Liam [Fox] of course wants to do his trade deals. My job is to make sure we do all of those things in a practical way that works, but also in a way which is negotiable … that we are not pitching for the moon.”.
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Laurence Kiddle

The results suggest a relatively muted response from business so far and not the knee-jerk reaction that some expected.feedback

Theresa Villiers

Moving the second stage to a period when the new German government will be in place, and [there will be] a degree of stability in German politics, can only be helpful for the negotiations. Whilst obviously any slowdown in the process is regrettable, the fact that it coincides with the establishment of a new German government may be positive, may be helpful, in taking the negotiations forward.feedback

William Hague

The Government faces the most complex task of any government since the Second World War. It is a very difficult one. We came quite close in 2012 to agreeing with the Russians a settlement of the Syrian war and that's, I think, the biggest scar.feedback

Raj Tulsiani

It is a positive trend that in the pipeline we are doing better around race, but at the top of the pyramid, we have gone backwards slightly.feedback

Raj Tulsiani

In light of the UK's desire to increase trade with non-EU countries, the ongoing inability of our leading companies to attract and retain leaders from east Asian and African backgrounds should be a matter for serious concern. The UK's aspiration to be outward looking and open to business with the non-European world is hardly enhanced by the continued lack of challenge in the boards of our leading companies, still statistically and behaviourally dominated by men of similar cultural and educational backgrounds.feedback

David Davis

Sometimes you will find it difficult to read what we intend. That's deliberate. I'm afraid in negotiations you do have constructive ambiguity from time to time. Treasury is obviously concerned about the City; Business, Energy and Industry are concerned about things like research and manufacturing. [The international trade secretary] Liam [Fox] of course wants to do his trade deals. My job is to make sure we do all of those things in a practical way that works, but also in a way which is negotiable … that we are not pitching for the moon.feedback

Kevin Bentley

But EU rules over how they buy goods and services can stifle those efforts and take up time and money. Regulation of public procurement will clearly continue to be necessary when we leave the EU to allow councils to continue to demonstrate best value for money and ensure effective and fair competition. But introducing more local flexibility and easier procurement rules after Brexit would provide more community benefits and more growth opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises.feedback

Kevin Bentley

It would also allow councils to promote local suppliers and local labour and ensure workers earn a decent wage.feedback

Theresa May

We will absolutely work for all sides in Northern Ireland, we are absolutely committed to the Belfast Agreement and to ensuring that the decisions we take are decisions for every community across Northern Ireland. As we look forward to Brexit, of course, we do want to ensure that we don't see a return to the borders of the past, we don't see a return to a hard border, and that we are able to ensure that the crucial flow of goods and people between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is able to continue in the future.feedback

Beat Wittmann

I think the EU and the U.K. will be very innovative and the EU will be very accommodative to this situation.feedback

James Brokenshire

This isn't just some sort of unilateral, one-way issue that I'm talking about here. When you look at the trade that the U.K. has with Ireland it's around £13.6 billion ($17.5 billion). But equally the trade from Ireland to the U.K. is around £9.1 billion. It is that flow of trade that we see in both directions which is why this matters for both of us.feedback

David Davis

The UK and Ireland have been clear all along that we need to prioritise protecting the Belfast Agreement in these negotiations, and ensure the land border is as seamless as possible for people and businesses, . The proposals we outline in this paper do exactly that, and we're looking forward to seeing the EU's position paper on the Northern Ireland border.feedback

Donald J. Trump

But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee. In fact, the young woman, who I hear is a fantastic young woman and it was on NBC, her mother wrote me and said through, I guess Twitter, social media, the nicest things and I very much appreciated that. I hear she was a fine, really actually an incredible young woman. But her mother on Twitter thanked me for what I said.feedback

Stefano Scuratti

European cities have been dealing with the aftermath of terrorist attacks, increased unease towards Brexit, and there is still a degree of unease towards migrant crisis. There have been more episodes in Sydney of suspected events [of terrorism], and general unease towards the topic.feedback

Ralf Speth - Jaguar Land Rover

Without free and fair trade with 500m people [in Europe] jobs and investment would be put at risk. Even the uncertainty caused whilst the Government tried to negotiate the UK's exit and make new trade deals would be highly damaging.feedback

Mike Hawes

It's time to be brutally honest – our sector needs a comprehensive and bespoke trade agreement. It's hard to make a decision when you don't know what the situation is – and it seems to be shifting every day. The danger of that is manufacturers looking at Britain and putting it in the 'too hard' basket because of the uncertainty.feedback

Mike Hawes

Wait and see is an apt way to describe what the industry is doing. Everyone is scenario planning to work out what the impact is likely to be: will we get a trade agreement, a WTO deal or business as usual? Whatever happens there will not be a part of the business that is unaffected though – manufacturing, R&D, logistics, HR, everything.feedback

Theresa May

... But I have always said that as part of the deep and special partnership I want to negotiate between the UK and the EU, there may be specific and valuable EU programmes for which we want to agree the continuation of funding – peace funding in Northern Ireland is one of them. No one voted to end the special ties between the UK and Ireland or to undermine the unique arrangements between Ireland and Northern Ireland which have underpinned the peace process and have been in place well before our membership of the EU.feedback

Jonathan Dando - Teach First

More young people than ever before are choosing to go to university, but our research shows it's likely that just one in five of those born into a poorer community will progress to university, compared with one in two in wealthier areas. In a post-Brexit world this isn't simply a matter of fairness – it's an economic imperative that all our young people are equipped with the skills to succeed. We must do more to support young people to reach their full potential.feedback

Fintan O'Toole - The Irish Times

The Brexit position paper feels more like an early move in the blame game than a credible plan. But this is not a game, it’s deadly serious. Sweet nothings are lovely while they’re being whispered in your ear. The problem is that a sweet nothing is still nothing. The British government’s long-awaited position paper on the Irish border after Brexit is really rather lovely. It tells Irish people of all political persuasions exactly what they want to hear: that there will be no physical border of any kind across the island and that free movement between Ireland will go on as if nothing had happened. But behind all of these delightful reassurances, there is sweet FA.feedback

James Brokenshire

This isn't just some sort of unilateral, one-way issue that I'm talking about here. When you look at the trade that the UK has with Ireland, around £13.6bn, but equally the trade from Ireland to the UK, around £9.1bn. It is that flow of trade that we do see in both directions, which is why this matters for both of us. It is not international trade at all. It is actually about business operating in local markets, which is why we think there is a strong, compelling case to see that exemption.feedback

Hakan Enver

Normally the City clocks out for July, but with the industry being swept from under them, people are scrambling to make the most of the time left in the EU, . EU nationals who want to stay in Britain have a shrinking window of opportunity to get a job and permanent residency, and many are seizing it. The City is still haemorrhaging talent because of Brexit, and we risk losing jobs, too. The language has changed. Employers and employees used to talk about 'if' they had to leave London. Now they're talking about 'when' they leave London.feedback

Rafael Behr

The country has come to resemble the Hollywood villain whose style and refinement masks the fact that they are completely deranged. Hollywood recognised long ago that a British accent makes a fine complement to cold-hearted villainy. George Sanders’ laconic aristo-drawl as the voice of Shere Khan in Disney’s adaptation of The Jungle Book is a personal favourite, but the competition is close: James Mason in North by Northwest; Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs.feedback

Tom Brake

I have asked whether someone can do some work working out what the costings and the practicality of ringing [the bells] more frequently would be. It would not be possible for them to continue to be rung every 15 minutes as is currently the case, that would not be practical, but it may be perhaps practical and it may be financially viable to ring them more frequently than is currently being proposed.feedback

Nigel Farage

This is dither and delay. It shows a lack of decisive leadership and it lowers our standing in the world. The big opportunity of Brexit, and sure there are technical things that need to be sorted out and that's where the detail comes in, is for us to be able to open ourselves up to do trade deals with the rest of the world.feedback

David Davis

Well what happens in that interim period you have to leave to me to negotiate. I'm not going to do the negotiation here... Wait and see.feedback

David Davis

We're going to talk it through very, very carefully, so at this stage we're not going to commit. We're going to have a long haggle ... (EU chief negotiator) Michel (Barnier) is getting quite cross with us. He's saying 'You should make your proposal.feedback

Hakan Enver

The City is still haemorrhaging talent because of Brexit, and we risk losing jobs, too. The language has changed. Employers and employees used to talk about 'if' they had to leave London. Now they're talking about 'when' they leave London. Downing Street appears to be the only place in London where you can find someone who doesn't understand the economic importance of the free movement of labour. It's the difference between being a diminished financial services hub, and not being a hub at all.feedback

Hakan Enver

Normally the City clocks out for July, but with the industry being swept from under them, people are scrambling to make the most of the time left in the EU. The language has changed. Employers and employees used to talk about 'if' they had to leave London. Now they're talking about 'when' they leave London.feedback

Theresa May

A border must not be reimposed in Ireland, either for people or for goods. The government has failed to say how it can reconcile its desire to maintain the Common Travel Area with its policy of limiting and monitoring immigration.feedback

Claire Hanna

Northern Ireland's unique circumstances must be understood. The best way to protect our economy and insulate people from the worst aspects of this disastrous decision is to maintain access to the single market and customs union. Ireland cannot be a casualty of the myopic anti-Europe agenda in Britain.feedback

Steve Aiken

I would caution the Republic of Ireland and nationalist parties against endlessly rubbishing whatever comes forward from the UK government. This should be about securing the best set of outcomes for the people of Northern Ireland, not trying to teach the UK government a lesson. The continued heckling gives rise to the perception that their focus is on the latter.feedback

Owen Smith

The government say they want trade across the Irish border to be frictionless and seamless, but actually they look clueless as to how they're going to achieve that. Producing this paper in the absence of a Northern Ireland executive with no substantive consultation with any of the Northern Ireland parties further damages the ability of the British government to resolve the impasse in Northern Ireland.feedback

Conor McGinn

These proposals on a light touch border are lighter still on detail. They don't outline how a frictionless or seamless border can be achieved when the UK leaves the EU and won't reassure anybody about the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland.feedback

James Chapman

Let's be honest, if we had an effective electoral law leading Brexiteers would now be in jail #wheresmy350maweekboris.feedback

Tom Brake

Even if they were agreed to by the EU, these proposals will only delay the economic pain caused by leaving the customs union. We still face the prospect of more red tape for businesses, longer queues at our borders, and higher prices for consumers once the transition comes to an end. The only way to ensure 'free and frictionless' trade with the EU is to remain a full member of the Customs Union and Single Market. It doesn't matter how it's dressed up or how long it's postponed, the government's extreme Brexit will end up leaving Britain poorer.feedback

Liam Fox

We will seek a new customs arrangement that ensures that trade between the UK and the EU remains as frictionless as possible and allows us to forge new trade relationships with our partners in Europe and around the world.feedback

Peter Mandelson

The UK government wants to be out of the customs union but in a customs union. It is all delusional semantics, trying to square a circle for the Tory party but not a basis for serious negotiation.feedback

David Davis

It's got to be done by the election. I would say the most likely is something like two years, maybe a bit shorter.feedback

Stuart Heritage

A reported Brexit movie has the former Ukip leader as an executive producer, likely casting himself as the bad-boy hero who will love you and Leave.EU. We do not need a film about Brexit. Nobody needs a film about Brexit. If you want to see a film about Brexit, I can recommend a perfectly good workaround that involves finding a VHS copy of Threads and fast-forwarding it to two seconds after the bomb goes off. Any more that and you are just wasting your time.feedback

Keir Starmer

Instead, the Cabinet remain split on key issues and cannot decide between two very different but equally unachievable options. The first proposal suggests 'a new customs border with the EU' could be introduced without disrupting trade; the second suggests a new borderless customs partnership could somehow be agreed while Britain also signs external trade deals. These fantastical and contradictory proposals provide no guidance for negotiators or certainty for businesses.feedback

Liam Fox

Leaving the customs union will allow us to operate a fully independent trade policy in Britain's national interest.feedback

Sam Lynton-Brown - BNP Paribas

At this stage, the market does not expect the news flow around Brexit negotiations to sound very positive. But the longer it takes for the market to be able to price in a transitional deal, the more investors will have to prepare for a cliff-edge scenario (in 2019).feedback

Michel Barnier

I have heard some people in the U.K. argue that one can leave the single market and build a customs union to achieve frictionless trade. That is not possible. The decision to leave the EU has consequences.feedback

Boris Johnson

Leaving Europe will be a catastrophe/ Overnight we'll bugger the economy.feedback

Matthew Riley - Natixis Global Asset Management

There's a lot of uncertainty at the moment, certainly geopolitical uncertainty from what we read is pretty much high although market volatility is quite low. So I would expect at some point investors to come back to property, but in the interim period the biggest move we've seen since Brexit has been a reduction in property allocation.feedback

Matthew Hancock

The new data protection bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, sets of data laws in the world. It will give people more control over their data, require more consent for its use, and prepare Britain for Brexit.feedback

Josh Hardie

Business wants to see as frictionless a customs system as possible, with a strong emphasis on digital systems that make it easier to trade. But to secure frictionless trade, negotiations on regulation, tariff and non-tariff barriers will have to take place. All efforts should be made to deliver a single-step transition, so that businesses don't have to adapt twice.feedback

Elsa Lignos - RBC

Our economists see only modest changes in average earnings. The puzzle of impressive employment growth without upward pressure on wages will persist.feedback

Matthew Rideout

The industrial strategy has been lost in the void, coupled with no clear signal towards post-Brexit policy. As a result, businesses cannot see through this haze of uncertainty and are struggling to look further than the end of the next quarter in terms of their decision making.feedback

Anna Soubry

But if the prime minister or her successor (in the event of Theresa standing down) is not prepared to confront the ideologues, I gravely fear that the party could split – and that would change Britain's political landscape completely. Many remainers like me have been true to our promise to respect the result of last year's referendum.feedback

David Davis

I've launched this process because with time of the essence [and] we need to get on with negotiating the bigger issues around our future partnership to ensure we get a deal that delivers a strong UK and a strong EU. It's what businesses across Europe have called on both sides to do and will demonstrate that the UK is ready for the job…[this is] an important next step [in] getting on with the task set to us by the British public.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

The case against the EU depends on avoiding a discussion of the alternative. It is the equivalent of voting to repeal Obamacare without knowing the replacement. It is a stitch-up. That is one reason it is essential that parliament or the public are given the chance to have a straight vote between EU membership and the negotiated alternative. That is a democratic demand, not just a prudent one.feedback

Liam Fox
Philip Hammond

We are also clear that during this period our borders must continue to operate smoothly; goods bought on the internet must still cross borders, businesses must still be able to supply their customers across the EU, and our innovative, world-leading companies must be able to hire the talent they need, including from within the EU.feedback

Roger Boaden

If free movement goes and the UK becomes a third country, then unless there is a deal the Schengen rules come into play and the Schengen rules can be severe. It is a big area of doubt.feedback

Carlos Vargas-Silva

And in order for British people to continue retiring into Spain, there would need to be something in return, likely to be around more flexibility for Spanish people working in Britain.feedback

Chris Burke

People who are looking to retire to Spain are bringing it forward and moving out now before Brexit.feedback

Anna Soubry

People have asked me two questions, if the worst happened and we staggered recklessly towards a 'hard Brexit' that would destroy the lives and livelihoods of my constituents: could I ever see myself joining with like-minded people who want to save our country from such an appalling fate? And has that moment arrived yet? The answer to the first question is 'it is not impossible'; the answer to the second is 'no. But I would be betraying my principles if I did not make it clear that country must always come before party.feedback

Anna Soubry

If the prime minister or her successor [in the event of May standing down] is not prepared to confront the ideologues, I gravely fear that the party could split – and that would change Britain's political landscape completely.feedback

Alan Clarke

Food price falls came to a fairly abrupt end in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, particularly on the back of the sharp fall in the exchange rate. Indeed, food prices have risen for seven of the last eight months – with last month being the exception. Overall, we view last month's downward adjustment in inflation as temporary and the peak in inflation is yet to be reached.feedback

Philip Hammond

We want our economy to remain strong and vibrant through this period of change. That means businesses need to have confidence that there will not be a cliff-edge when we leave the EU in just over 20 months' time. That is why we believe a time-limited interim period will be important to further our national interest and give business greater certainty – but it cannot be indefinite; it cannot be a back door to staying in the EU. We are both clear that during this period the UK will be outside the customs union and will be a 'third country', not a party to EU treaties.feedback

Peter Whittle

What people are seeing more and more is a political establishment which in one way or another is chipping away at the idea of Brexit. We have got to be the guard dogs of that.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

Delegating to May and Davis, never mind Johnson and Fox, the settlement of a workable alternative to EU membership is a delusion, not just an abdication. This transatlantic malaise has a common root. Politics based on what you are against, not what you are for. Look at the campaigns against the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and against the EU. There is a common trope: the politics of grievance.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

The EU is not just a group of neighbouring countries. It is a coalition of democratic states which pledge to advance human rights, the rule of law and democratic rules. That is not a threat to Britain; it is the team we should be on.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

Leaving the EU was mis-sold as a quick fix. Now it looks like a decade-long process of unscrambling the eggs of the national and European legislation. Ministers cannot even agree among themselves the destination, the route map, or the vehicles to get us there.feedback

Gina Miller

A transitional arrangement for getting out of the European Union is not the answer for this country. We need to extend the exit timetable. As our government navigates the complexity of taking Britain out of the European Union after 44 years, the harsh reality of the two-year timetable for exit – which shrinks to 18 months if you allow time for ratifying any deal – appears to be dawning. No wonder many politicians are settling on the idea that Britain needs a transitional arrangement beyond March 2019. This would certainly be preferable to a cliff-edge scenario. But as a matter of principle and practicality, it will simply be impossible to negotiate. What Britain should be aiming for instead is an extension of the withdrawal period.feedback

James Chapman

Two people in the cabinet, a number of people who have been in Conservative cabinets before now – better cabinets, I might say, than the current one – and a number of shadow cabinets ministers have also been in touch. The hard Brexit plan that Theresa May is pursuing is going to take our economy off a cliff, is going to make Black Wednesday look like a picnic, and when that happens the Conservative party will never be in power again.feedback

Joe Garner

Profit performance in the first quarter remained comfortably within our strategic target range and, after allowing for one-off items, was broadly consistent with the prior period.feedback

Rosie Nixon

I think they could be our Brexit secret weapon. Their [the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's] trip to Poland and Germany probably did more for us than Theresa May will ever be able to do. They really have changed that image of our monarchy.feedback

Paul Mason

A proposed new anti-Brexit movement would attract neoliberals in thrall to flawed free market economics. In short, half the Conservative party. One Thursday night in the next couple of years we could go to sleep knowing that, by Friday morning, neoliberalism in Britain will be over. If a left-led Labour party comes to power, leading a coalition determined to scrap free market economics, that will be a good day for working people. It will be a bad day for Virgin Care, Portland Communications and Saudi Arabia.feedback

Rupert Soames

I see through a glass darkly. It's hard to discern exactly what is happening at the moment.feedback

Seb James

It's not fair on people to not give them some kind of clarity as quickly as possible. We need to get that sorted, and we need to get it sorted now.feedback

Emma Walmsley - GlaxoSmithKline

Our main focus is to make sure that we are given a sufficiently long transition period, that is really the thing that matters in our sector. The absolute minimum for us - minimum - is two years.feedback

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Most people in the higher levels of the party, and across the Conservative party in the nation, have accepted the democratic result of the referendum a year ago. What's so peculiar about this new party is that it wants to call itself the Democrats and the first thing it wishes to do is to overturn a democratic decision. Their proposed name ought to be the Oligarchs rather than the Democrats.feedback

Jacob Rees-Mogg

The Lib Dems campaigned on a proposal [in effect] to reverse the referendum and the electorate blew a raspberry at them.feedback

David Page

This suggests solid expansion in exports at around 18 month highs. However, neither suggest a significant surge consistent with the outsized boost to competitiveness that the Brexit-inspired-fall in sterling should have inspired. Surveys suggest that further expansion is 'in the post'. We remain concerned about the external sector's capacity to respond to greater demand limiting the benefits of lower sterling.feedback

Damian Green

One of the reasons for having this bill is absolutely we want to avoid anywhere in the UK being on a cliff edge on Brexit day where there are gaps in the statute book. The last thing anyone wants is to suddenly discover we haven't got regulations covering food safety, to take an example. That's why this bill is so important.feedback

Emma Walmsley - GlaxoSmithKline

Our main focus is to make sure that we are given a sufficiently long transition period, that is really the thing that matters in our sector. The absolute minimum for us – minimum – is two years.feedback

Suren Thiru

As the Brexit negotiations unfold, safeguarding the favourable terms of trade that UK firms currently enjoy with partners and markets in Europe and beyond must be a key priority. More must also be done to provide greater practical and front-line assistance to UK businesses looking to trade in both current and new markets.feedback

Simon Wells - HSBC

UK monetary policy is likely to be (as it should be) 'data dependent'. The data are likely to stay fairly weak as consumers continue to face an income squeeze and firms wait for more clarity on the Brexit deal before growing investment rapidly.feedback

David Knights

The election result and all the talk of Brexit has had a profound effect on the market, and with high stamp duty charges, sales as well as new instructions are now suffering. Add to this the holiday season and the market is not very clever.feedback

David Davis

During the negotiating round it also emerged that the EU would not be maintaining the existing voting rights for UK nationals living in the EU. We have made it clear that we stand ready to protect the rights of EU nationals living in the UK to stand and vote in municipal elections. A number of other issues in the EU offer also emerged that will need further consideration. For example, posted workers were excluded from the scope of their offer whereas we stand ready to protect their rights in the Withdrawal Agreement.feedback

David Davis

The EU has also confirmed that their offer only guarantees residence rights in the Member State in which a British national was resident at the point of our exit from the EU. It does not guarantee the holder of those residence rights any right to onward movement within the EU, for example to work or study in a neighbouring Member State.feedback

Damian Green

Obviously there are issues on which the UK government and the Scottish government place a different emphasis. But we agreed that we need to work first of all on the principles. We agree that we want to give more powers at the end of this process to the Scottish government and the Scottish parliament and we agree that keeping free trade within the UK to enhance the prosperity in Scotland and the rest of the UK has to be a really important outcome of Brexit.feedback

Michael Russell

The bill as currently drafted is impractical and unworkable. It is a blatant power grab which would take existing competence over a wide range of devolved policy areas, including aspects of things like agriculture and fishing, away from Holyrood, giving them instead to Westminster and Whitehall. That means that unless there are serious and significant changes to the proposed legislation, the strong likelihood is that the Scottish Parliament will vote against the repeal bill.feedback

Ashley Almanza - G4S

Unquestionably there is elevated uncertainty in the UK regarding the near-term outlook. (Everyone) is waiting for clarity on how Brexit is going to affect the outlook and I think basically that we're going to know when we get there.feedback

Sam Woods - Bank of England

Fragmentation of market-based finance could result in higher costs resulting in less activity, particularly in relation to the hedging of risk, which could result in risks to both the EU and the UK.feedback

David Davis

The EU has confirmed that their offer only guarantees residence rights in the Member State in which a British national was resident at the point of our exit from the EU. It does not guarantee the holder of those residence rights any right to onward movement within the EU, for example to work or study in a neighbouring Member State. We have questioned whether this is consistent with the principle of reciprocity, and also with the Commission's desire to protect rights currently enjoyed under EU law. This will be the subject of further discussion in due course.feedback

Huw Evans

Agreeing terms to allow insurers to service contracts after March 2019 needs to be part of the exit negotiations between the UK and EU.feedback

Jordan Rochester

It would take a lot for the market to change its 'Brexit bias'; even the sound of the UK accepting a transition period did little to turn the tide.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

He "agreed with David Davis' ex chief of staff … The public should have a chance to exit from Brexit.feedback

James Chapman

There won't just be one punishment budget if Brexit proceeds … [there will be] a decade of them as businesses flee and revenues collapse.feedback

James Chapman

It's the biggest calamity for our country since WW2, I'm afraid. Past time for sensible MPs (Members of Parliament) in all parties to admit Brexit is a catastrophe, come together in new party if need be, and reverse it.feedback

Stephen West

When the Brexit vote first happened we worked with staff and calmed the initial uncertainty, but it's not getting any easier. These are difficult conversations because what people are looking for is certainty. They want to put down roots. And that is something I alone can't deliver.feedback

Sam Woods - Bank of England

We may have to make some difficult prioritisation decisions in order to accommodate it. Some form of implementation period is desirable, in order to give UK and EU firms more time to make the necessary changes to the UK's new relationship with the EU in an orderly way. The potential extra burden on the PRA's resources, and the risk that may pose to its objectives, is an issue that I'm sure the committee will want to monitor.feedback

Chris Aylett

If handled correctly, sector deals could increase our sector's productivity but success will rely on guidance from Government. Timescales for specific actions is critical so that limited resources are not wasted and it would help to know soon which sectors will be prioritised.feedback

Keith Skeoch - Standard Life

Certainly, we are looking to put our MiFID [markets in financial instruments directive] company into Ireland.feedback

Bob Neill

If this is a genuine shift in the Spanish position, we welcome it. We want the UK to have a good relationship with Spain after we leave the EU. And the people of Gibraltar want a good relationship with Spain, too.feedback

Bobby Friedman

The government must offer some clarity on the judiciary’s relationship to the ECJ – because the Brexit bill itself is ambiguous, and will lead to uncertainty all round. What happens when a judge gets demob-happy? The answer can be seen in the intervention by the imminently departing president of the supreme court, Lord Neuberger, in the debate over the role of the European court of justice – better known as the ECJ – once Britain leaves the EU. The government will doubtless be less than delighted at another dissenting voice in the Brexit process.feedback

Dominic Grieve

The legislation for withdrawing us from the EU ... leaves very unclear what the relationship subsequently between European Court of Justice decisions and jurisprudence and our own courts should be. We're incorporating large amounts of European law into our own law to ensure continuity but how is that to be interpreted thereafter?feedback

David Neuberger

If the United Kingdom parliament says we should take into account decisions of the ECJ then we will do so, if it says we shouldn't then we won't, and basically we will do what the statute says. If it doesn't express clearly what the judges should do about decisions of the European Court of Justice, then the judges will simply have to do their best. But to blame the judges for, as it were, making the law when parliament has failed to do so would be unfair.feedback

Matthew Hancock

Our measures are designed to support businesses in their use of data, and give consumers the confidence that their data is protected and those who misuse it will be held to account. The new Data Protection Bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world. The Bill will give people more control over their data, require more consent for its use, and prepare Britain for Brexit. We have some of the best data science in the world and this new law will help it to thrive.feedback

Johnny Heald

This month's Brexit tracker suggests the damage from a poor election result is continuing to cast doubt over Brexit. Confidence that the prime minister will be able to negotiate the right deal remains brittle.feedback

Maddy Ross

English is one of the biggest nationalities here. A lot of people don't want to go back. That was once a dream, but I'm not sure now.feedback

Ryan Matthew Tubbs

It feels like the majority of this country aren't the same sort of people I am and I don't want to stay around that.feedback

Hilary Jones - Lush

We'll bend over backwards to make sure none of our staff lose their jobs because of Brexit.feedback

Mark Constantine - Lush

There was no board that met the day after Brexit to work out how they can increase business in Britain.feedback

Tom Brake

Brexit is the battle of our lives and it is vital we make the Conservatives see the strength of feeling against their disastrous extreme Brexit, which threatens to crash the economy and damage the life chances of millions. They are heading for the very most reckless of Brexits in the teeth of public opposition to leaving the single market. Liberal Democrats didn't take the decision lightly to protest at another party's conference but we can't ignore the harm Theresa May's Brexit will do to future generations.feedback

Michael Howard

Thirty-five years ago this week, another woman prime minister sent a task force halfway across the world to defend the freedom of another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country, and I'm absolutely certain that our current prime minister will show the same resolve in standing by the people of Gibraltar.feedback

Stewart Room - PricewaterhouseCoopers

Brexit won't change how consumer data is handled in the U.K. - there won't be any reduction of rights or protection. Data protection law has never before been so specific and directly prescriptive about what is expected of data controllers and processors. Organizations will be required to be much more transparent with consumers about what they're doing with their data, even before they collect it and if something goes wrong.feedback

Simon Fraser

The negotiations have only just begun, I don't think they have begun particularly promisingly, frankly, on the British side. We haven't put forward a lot because, as we know, there are differences within the Cabinet about the sort of Brexit that we are heading for and until those differences are further resolved I think it's very difficult for us to have a clear position. So far we haven't put much on the table apart from something on the status of nationals, so we are a bit absent from the formal negotiation.feedback

Stephen Jones

A hard rupture from Day 1 would be very disruptive on a Continental scale. The European banking system does not have the infrastructure capable of absorbing these activities.feedback

Julian Harvey

We have more to lose from Brexit than to gain from it, definitely. We had a tremendous amount of support from the population because after all we're an island and fishing is part of our heritage.feedback

Annabel Fiddes - Eugene Investment & Securities

Alongside the renewed squeeze on household budgets, uncertainties linger over the direction of the economy and the outcome of the ongoing Brexit negotiations, which is weighing down consumer confidence. All this makes it seem unlikely that consumer spending will recover in the current challenging conditions, and adds to expectations that the Bank of England will not hike rates anytime soon.feedback

Alfonso Dastis

What I don't want to do is jeopardise an EU-UK agreement by subjecting it to a need to alter Gibraltar's status at the same time. I won't make an agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom conditional on recovering sovereignty over Gibraltar. I give a lot of importance to [the issue of] Gibraltar, [both] as a Spanish claim in order to restore our territorial integrity and as a place where thousands of Spaniards work and where there is an economic, social and human relationship that I want to preserve.feedback

John Redwood

Ministers would be quite wrong to be talking about any figures. We don't owe them any money. It would be silly to be offering something when the EU is still not very willing to talk and is not coming up with anything constructive on its own side. The EU's tactic is very clear. It's divide and rule to try to get Britain negotiating with herself.feedback

Mike Gooley

I was delivered to the Jesuits when I was still seven and learned the value of being honest. It got you into an awful lot of trouble if you didn't take the right path. I've always felt that if you're making a contract with somebody, and every one of our customers is a contract, then you should stick to the letter and spirit right the way through.feedback

Paul Howard

I remember, during the Celtic Tiger, the bane of my life was going into a bank to pay the electricity bill. You just couldn't get in and out without a sales spiel from some 24-year-old: 'I see you have savings. What are your financial plans?' I'd say that my plan was for him to put it in the safe and have it there for when I want to come and get it. But he would say 'the money's not working for you'. Unfortunately, we still believe in that nonsense.feedback

Michael Mulligan

Nothing has changed in the past five or six years. Ballaghaderreen is a fine town and I'm proud of it, but the unemployment is chronic. My takings are still 50% down from the boom years, and I've had to let people go. There are around 150 vacant houses and 30-40 big industrial units lying empty. We're like a thorn in the side of the success that the Dublin government talks about. If you look around for young people here, they've nearly all gone, to Dublin, London or Australia. It's hard even to put together a football team.feedback

Paul Howard

I started off lampooning rugby, but turned it into a weekly social commentary to vent my spleen about the new Ireland, which I found very vulgar. The boom was the first real prosperity we ever had. But it wasn't real; it was based on people selling houses to each other. I still meet taxi drivers today who bought three houses in the boom. They are still living in financial limbo.feedback

Loretta O'Sullivan - Bank of Ireland

The important distinction between now and the Tiger period, is this is not a credit-fuelled boom. Credit growth in Ireland is still quite muted. What we are seeing is job gains, plus some income growth and low inflation.feedback

Eoghan O'Donnell

We have only seen positives since arriving back on native soil. The grey cloud has lifted, despite what some of the naysayers believe. Over the past few years we went from seeing businesses close to seeing new businesses open. There is a sense of hope and positivity in the country.feedback

Paul Howard

My dad was a factory worker. Lots of his friends started buying multiple properties. Every town in Ireland has probably 20 local people with serious levels of debt they will never get out of after buying in 2006/07 at the top of the market. They were buying plots of land outside Dublin that were suddenly worthless after the crash. But we still believe in all the things we believed in 10-15 years ago ... I have a sense that people really want the Celtic Tiger to come back. They want their stuff back.feedback

Michael Mulligan

There are around 150 vacant houses and 30-40 big industrial units lying empty. We're like a thorn in the side of the success that the Dublin government talks about. If you look around for young people here, they've nearly all gone, to Dublin, London or Australia. It's hard even to put together a football team.feedback

Leo Varadkar

At the moment the mechanism by which most European agreements are upheld is through the European Court of Justice and the United Kingdom has indicated it no longer wishes to be part of. So we would need to develop some other mechanism.feedback

Bill Winters

It would be costly to physically move all your people who deal with a European client. Basic sales staff and relationship managers are already in situ across the continent.feedback

Bill Winters

It will cost us US$20 million probably. Capital won't go in until you activate the subsidiary, so let's say March 2019 and that amount is purely dependent on Bafin (Germany's banking regulator), but would probably be in the hundreds of millions.feedback

Michael Chessum

Labour's immigration stance has for far too long been dominated by pandering to the idea that immigration is to blame for a fall in living standards. This isn't just factually wrong, it's also self-defeating – because we need a narrative that is clear and honest about the fact that neo-liberalism and exploitation are the real problem. That has to be backed up with policy, not just sentiment. We beat the Tories when we're principled and offer alternatives – that's the lesson of the general election.feedback

Leo Varadkar

After all, we have one with Turkey. Surely we can have one with the United Kingdom? It's an enhancement, not a dilution of who we are.feedback

Ali Capper

While we're concerned about getting the numbers we need this year, next year we're very concerned. I mean with all the confusion and concern about status … Why would you choose to come to Britain?feedback

Ali Capper

We're reaching crisis point for all businesses, we need to know what is happening and this is true whether you're running a business in care, construction or farming. There's just no clarity at all, we've not moved a single step further forward since the referendum.feedback

Axel Antoni

The problem I have, and by the way it is the same for millions of other people, is that we have had 13 months not knowing what will happen, when it will happen and how it will happen. And the more I hear in the news, the more I worry.feedback

Guntram Wolff - Bruegel

Both sides have an interest to resolve citizens' rights as soon as possible. No one wins votes by making life difficult for citizens but in reality of course, it's very complicated … I mean legal rights for example; will EU citizens living in the U.K. be under international or British law? This is more than just a technicality; this will have long-lasting consequences for both Britain and Europe … It is the most difficult issue to sort quickly.feedback

Andrew Bailey - Bank of England

If we put Brexit to one side, then the impact of sustained low and negative real interest rates is the biggest issue we face.feedback

Mike Hawes

It would just be utterly demoralising to lose so many of those advantages and the progress we have made, and that is the general feeling in the industry. We will rise to the challenge but ideally we want to have as many of the benefits as we currently enjoy because that has helped make the industry successful.feedback

Mike Hawes

We always said there will not be an immediate closure of plants because the investments are fixed for many companies. The impact is always going to be more gradual, and you are seeing that now: prices going up, demand is softening, investment decisions are on hold.feedback

Mike Hawes

There is significant cost because every company has to do a certain level of modelling and planning for risk.feedback

Mike Hawes

A lot of people have spent the best part of decades turning round the industry, when you think back to how it was characterised in the 70s, 80s and into the 90s. It is very different now. It has had very difficult times and it is a cyclical industry, and there is a fear that that success could be put at jeopardy.feedback

Mike Hawes

From our point of view we would be better off to stay. If the electorate decide they maybe didn't understand the economic arguments or didn't appreciate how severe the impact was going to be and we need to revisit this, then we will make clear again what the situation is.feedback

Mike Hawes

There was a lot of language bandied around, and in the prime minister's speech to the party conference [in October] she said we want business to 'trade with and [operate] within the single market' – how you are going to square that circle I don't know.feedback

Leo Varadkar

After all, we have one with Turkey. Surely we can have one with the United Kingdom? At a time when Brexit threatens to drive a wedge between north and south we need to build more bridges and fewer borders. I promise I will play my part in helping to do exactly that.feedback

Mike Hawes

The fall in consumer and business confidence is having a knock on effect on demand in the new car market and government must act quickly to provide concrete plans regarding Brexit. While it's encouraging to see record achievements for alternatively fuelled vehicles, consumers considering other fuel types will have undoubtedly been affected by the uncertainty surrounding the government's clean air plans. It is important to remember that there are no plans to charge drivers using the latest Euro 6 models and no proposed bans for conventional petrol and diesel vehicles for some 23 years.feedback

Leo Varadkar

Who will speak for Northern Ireland and her 1.8 million people? Time is running out, and I fear there will be no extra time allowed. We need to hear the voice of those elected representatives here in the north. We need the Executive, the Assembly, the North South Ministerial Council and the British Irish Council up and running and acting in the interests of our peoples. At a time when Brexit threatens to drive a wedge between north and south we need to build more bridges and fewer borders.feedback

Mike Hawes

The fall in consumer and business confidence is having a knock on effect on demand in the new car market and government must act quickly to provide concrete plans regarding Brexit. It is important to remember there are no plans to charge drivers using the latest models and no proposed bans for conventional petrol and diesel vehicles for some 23 years.feedback

Alex Buttle

This could be the beginning of a deep recession for the new car industry, the likes of which we haven't seen since the credit crunch.feedback

Ross McEwan - Royal Bank of Scotland

We have to be in a position to serve our customers. We're doing what we said we would at our full-year results in February - growing income, reducing cost and improving returns for shareholders, while also starting to deliver a better service for customers. We see the first six months of this year as proof of the investment case for this bank: our path to sustainable profitability is becoming clearer and closer and we have resolved some of the most significant issues this bank faced.feedback

Mark Carney - Bank of England

As the Brexit negotiations proceed, the assumption of a smooth transition to a new economic relationship with the EU will be tested. If UK households and businesses look through the flurry of headlines then the economy can be expected to pick up from its current period of sluggishness.feedback

Stewart Stevenson

They might well be trying to keep voters and fishermen sweet at home with all sorts of promises – yet Michael Gove is jet-setting around Europe reassuring EU members that there'll be nothing of the sort. The reports, if true, show the Tories are not being straight with people and will do and say anything in order to force through their disastrous, ill-conceived Brexit plans.feedback

Richard Ashworth - European Parliament

It would be [politically] dangerous indeed to persist with this extreme position without a mandate. A re-remain decision would not necessarily be met with enthusiasm on the other side of the channel. I feel estranged from her if she is pursuing an extreme position, I suspect awful lot of people would feel the same way. A transitional arrangement would be the most sensible solution. The big questions haven't been addressed yet and won't be for some time.feedback

Fabian Zuleeg

A re-remain decision would not necessarily be met with enthusiasm on the other side of the [English Channel]. The way the U.K. has conducted these negotiations has burned many bridges and there are precious few allies and friends left. And the longer this approach prevails, the harder will it be to turn the situation around.feedback

Brendan Donnelly

It's a reckless person who thinks they can predict what can happen. I don't think for a moment that you can assume that Brexit, which has gained in pace, will continue as it has.feedback

James Smith

According to IHS Markit, firms continue to cite Brexit uncertainty and the household spending squeeze as dampening factors when it comes to new orders and demand for their services.feedback

Tom Brake

Yet another lie of the Leave campaign has been exposed by the Environment Secretary. Michael Gove chose to put stopping EU fishing in British waters front and centre of his campaign to leave the EU, yet is now telling Danish fishermen the opposite.feedback

Christina Carr

When I was growing up, there used to be a bit of a stigma around shopping at discount stores at my school.feedback

James Walton

Although they're small in the U.K., they're massive businesses in their own right. They have great scale when considered globally, and they're only buying a fairly limited range of products.feedback

Mark Whitfield

You're buying unusual or luxury products, but not paying as much.feedback

Edouard Aubin - Morgan Stanley & Co. International

U.K. households are quite sensitive to pressure on disposable income. That is why they are switching to cheaper alternatives.feedback

Chris Williamson - Markit

Firms' prospects for the coming year have slipped to a level which has previously been indicative of the economy stalling or even contracting ... largely reflecting heightened uncertainty about the economic outlook and Brexit process.feedback

Simon Jenkins

We’re addicted to travel, and the government is our pusher, tempting us into ever more hellish journeys. I’m in a hurry. You’re in my way. They are bloody tourists. My journey is vital, yours discretionary and theirs absurdly unnecessary. Transport policy has always been the orchestration of selfishness. This coming week, travel to Europe’s most popular air destinations will apparently be hell. “Security” will mean hours of queues at immigration, though the delays seem curiously aimed at non-Schengen nationals, notably the British, in a foretaste of hard Brexit to come.feedback

Vernon Bogdanor

The election changed everything and now deadlock in parliament looms. The final deal may have to go back to the people• Vernon Bogdanor is professor of government at King’s College London. Negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU have now begun in earnest. They are required, according to article 50, to “take account of the framework” for Britain’s “future relationship with the union”. But what is that future relationship to be?feedback

Matt Smith

The research shows that Brexit extremism is by no means restricted to leave voters. One accusation that some have levelled at remainers is that they want to see economic harm come to Britain, either to avert Brexit or out of sheer vindictiveness for having lost the referendum.feedback

Oliver Wyman

Most are looking to minimise expense and disruption by relocating as little as possible in the first instance.feedback

Donald J. Trump

And it'll be a big trade deal – much, much more business than we do right now, many, many times. I mean, one of the things that – I have a very good relationship with the EU people and all, but they are very, very protectionist.feedback

Severin Cabannes - Société Générale

We are not in a hurry to decide that but the order of magnitude of the number of people in the hard Brexit scenario is this number between 300 and 400 from London to Paris.feedback

Sylvie Bermann

It is not the case in France or in Europe – the priority in the EU is to protect and strengthen the EU and to deal with migration crisis. Brexit is not a priority for us. For the time being it is probably easier for France to have a complete relationship with the US.feedback

Sylvie Bermann

I love the way of life, this dynamic city, the parks and trees, the foxes in city gardens – they are quite exotic for us! – the theatre and cultural life, and the sense of humour.feedback

Sylvie Bermann

Well it was kind of a false neutrality – because everybody was supposed to be equal even if you had good experts on one side, and some not so much expert on the other side.feedback

Sylvie Bermann

But I think he is a very wise man, and he is a very knowledgable man. I like Boris Johnson. It is not about Brexit – he was very supportive as mayor of London and he was the one who decided to illuminate Trafalgar square with the Tricolore. Brexit in the morning, Brexit for lunch and Brexit for dinner.feedback

Sylvie Bermann

Generally speaking this scaremongering about immigration was exaggerated.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

In the leaked interview that the Wall Street Journal didn’t publish, Trump’s confused ramblings on a post-Brexit US trade deal leave us none the wiser. There is, inevitably, much to feast on in the full transcript of the Wall Street Journal’s interview with Donald Trump, which that paper did not want published but which was leaked to Politico and is now available for all to see.feedback

Dan Mulhall

We've already taken a degree of pain from Brexit – this is why I feel so sad – and to some extend, discomfited, because it has come at a time when our relationship was at a peak of satisfaction and friendship. I feel a degree of sadness personally that I have had to witness this during the latter part of what has been a very exciting and enjoyable posting [in London].feedback

Dan Mulhall

It's not acceptable to have a border on the island of Ireland because it would be economically disruptive and politically risky. You can't have a border, it's not practical. It's a 300-mile border. It has no geographical basis – it's not like the river Rhine is running along the border. It's got hundreds of crossing points. It's just not feasible to have a border. So you don't try to do what you can't do. We have to work out what it [the solution] is.feedback

Dan Mulhall

[We will devote] great determination and energy to achiev[ing] this goal, because it is not straightforward. The negotiation process involves finding that magic space where both sides can feel their interests are covered.feedback

Dan Mulhall

Our first hope would be … a decision on part of the British government to remain in the customs union or something akin to the customs union.feedback

William Hague

There is the clear potential for Brexit to become the occasion of the greatest economic, diplomatic and constitutional muddle in the modern history of the UK, with unknowable consequences for the country, the Government and the Brexit project itself.feedback

Liam Fox

If there have been discussions on that, I have not been party to them. I have not been involved in any discussion on that, nor have I signified my agreement to anything like that.feedback

William Hague

The "attractions of the chancellor's plan, which sounds similar to joining the European Economic Area as a transition, are immense.feedback

Philip Hammond

Britain has always been an outward-looking country and we have many strong and historic partnerships like the one with Brazil, and we will seek to build up our trade in both directions with those partners over the coming years as we leave the European Union and once again have the ability to conclude bilateral trade deals with friends and allies around the world.feedback

William Hague

He has evidently been trying persuade his Cabinet colleagues that we should be seeking to stay in the EU single market and customs union during a transition and 'implementation' phased last to 2022, followed by a free trade deal with our former partners after that. This is seen by longstanding advocates of leaving as a 'soft' position or a climbdown. But in reality it is a plan to rescue Brexit from an approaching disaster.feedback

Douglas Flint - HSBC

The meeting was evidence of that, it was a well-designed meeting with the right people in the room, and each side interested in understanding each other.feedback

Mick Jagger

I went to see England but it wasn't there/ I think I lost it down the back of my chair/ I think I'm losing my imagination/ I'm tired of talking about immigration. Had a girl in Lisbon, a girl in Rome/ Now I'll have to stay at home/ So lock the shutters, bolt the doors/London's gonna be like Singapore.feedback