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Must persuade ‘remainers’ of Brexit benefits : David Davis

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:40 GMT, Sep 13, 2016 |
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Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said on Monday (September 12) the government must persuade those who voted to stay in the European Union in both houses of parliament that Brexit is worthwhile.

“[T]here is a political reality in this and that is that in both houses of parliament there is a sort of — I hate to use these words — there is a sort of ‘remainer’ majority, and if we are going to make this work we have to persuade most of them that this is a worthwhile exercise and the national interest is that they get engaged in it and that we do the best job possible,” he told a House of Lords select committee.

Davis, whose formal title is Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, also said that he was not “entirely sure” of the role of Guy Verhofstadt in the negotiations.

A former Belgian prime minister and arch-foe of eurosceptics across the continent, Verhofstadt was appointed by the European Parliament to represent it in the talks.