BREXIT Secretary David Davis has ruled out staying in the European Economic Area (EEA) or joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) after Brexit.
Mr Davis said a transition period featuring the EEA or EFTA – of which Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland are all members – would “in many ways, the worst of all outcomes” once Britain leaves the EU.
He later suggested that ruling out staying in the customs union and single market for a temporary spell after Brexit was “clear Government policy”.
Speaking during the Brexit debate, Tory former cabinet minister John Whittingdale said continued membership of the single market “would negate many of the advantages of leaving the European Union”.
Mr Davis replied: “The simple truth is that membership of EFTA, for example, which would be one way to retain EEA membership, would do just exactly that.