David Davis' announcement on trade deals

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Kristian Healey-Ryder

Dear Department for Exiting the European Union,

In July 2016, David Davis MP, now the Minister for your department, said "So be under no doubt: we can do deals with our trading partners, and we can do them quickly. I would expect the new Prime Minister on September 9th to immediately trigger a large round of global trade deals with all our most favoured trade partners. I would expect that the negotiation phase of most of them to be concluded within between 12 and 24 months."

Could you confirm whether either the promised round of trade deals was announced in contravention of EU law, or whether Mr Davis was lying?

Yours faithfully,

Kristian Healey-Ryder

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