This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Leaving the single market'.


 
 
 
 
 
 
Freedom of Information Team 
xxx@xxxxx.xxx.xx 
Correspondence Unit 
www.gov.uk 
9 Downing Street 
SW1A 2AG 
 
 
 
Iain Overton 
Via: What Do They Know 
 
Our ref: DEX000099 
 
16 November 2016 
 
Dear Mr Overton, 
 
Briefings on leaving single market 
 
I refer to your request, where you asked: 
 
 
Please can you provide me with any briefing papers to Mr Davis MP regarding the benefits 
and the pitfal s of leaving the single market. 
 
 
 
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