“There will be no downside to Brexit, only a considerable upside.”
David Davis, the first of three (and counting) Brexit secretaries, lays out his analysis.
October 10th 2016
“To me, Brexit is easy.”
Nigel Farage, then leader of the UK Independence Party, quite agrees.
September 20th 2016
Storm clouds gather
“Nobody has ever pretended this will be easy. I have always said this negotiation will be tough, complex and at times confrontational.”
Mr Davis spots the potential for downsides.
September 5th 2017
“I never promised it would be a huge success.”
Brexit? Mr Farage has hardly even heard of it.
May 29th 2018
Deal or no deal?
“The day after we vote to leave, we hold all the cards and we can choose the path we want.”
Michael Gove, now environment secretary, reassures the public ahead of the referendum.
April 19th 2016
“The free-trade agreement that we will have to do with the European Union should be one of the easiest in human history.”
Liam Fox, trade secretary, sees his job as a simple one.
July 20th 2017
“I would vote to stay in the single market. I’m in favour of the single market.”
Boris Johnson, now a hardline Brexiteer, clearly felt differently when he gave this interview in 2013
Let them eat spam
“We will look at the issue in the round and make sure there is adequate food supply.”
Dominic Raab, the second Brexit secretary, sets rather lower expectations for life outside the EU.
July 24th 2018
“I hadn’t quite understood the full extent of this, but…we’re particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing.”
Mr Raab gets to grips with his brief.
November 7th 2018
About that second referendum
“If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy.”
Mr Davis criticises the EU for imposing irreversible laws on member states.
November 19th 2012
“In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way.”
Mr Farage, imagining a narrow Remain victory, says another vote would be needed.
May 16th 2016
You said it
“I believe it is clearly in our national interest to remain a member of the European Union.”
Theresa May, campaigning for Remain before the referendum.
April 25th 2016