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The former Brexit Secretary’s alternative to Theresa May’s controversial Chequers White Paper sees Britain fall back on a “composite” deal, taking the “best bits” from existing EU trade pacts with other countries.

Describing it as a “reserve parachute”, Mr Davis said: “What we do is take all of the deals that the European Union has struck with Canada, South Korea, South Africa, Switzerland, New Zealand and composite the best bits.

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“From both sides, by the way, not just our side.”

The plan comes after EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier effectively killed off a key element of Mrs May’s plan, saying Brussels “cannot and will not” let the UK collect duties on its behalf.

Last night, Tory MP Andrew Bridgen backed Mr Davis’s plan.

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He said: “These are free trade deals the EU has done with Canada etc for nothing, while we have got £39billion on the table in our so-called divorce bill.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if the Government had to adopt the David Davis plan he was forced to resign over?”

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