When negotiating you need to make sure you're absolutely trustworthy, that your word is your bond.
In unrelated news, David Davis who said he'd resign if Damian Green was sacked, isn't going to resign.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) December 20, 2017
From The Guardian: David Davis’s claim that the UK’s concessions in an agreement to move on the Brexit negotiations were merely a statement of intent has damaged trust and will see a hardening of positions in Brussels, the European parliament’s coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, has said.
The former Belgian prime minister claimed the Brexit secretary’s comments over the weekend were “unacceptable”, and undermined confidence in the British government’s trustworthiness.
The member states will now agree a tougher wording in their guidelines about the next stage of the talks, due to be signed off at a summit of leaders on Friday, Verhofstadt said.
From Daily Mirror: Tory Brexit secretary David Davis today claimed he was ‘misquoted’ in reports that he had suggested Theresa May’s Brexit deal on the Irish border was not ‘legally enforceable’, which he was not.
From Pride’s Purge: “David Davis, the man who is supposed to be in charge of Britain’s disastrous Brexit negotiations, is so incompetent he hasn’t noticed Czechoslovakia has not existed since 1993: ‘We’ve got a pretty good idea of what the economic interests are of every single member state. Germany, Austria, Holland and Czechoslovakia are all without governments at the moment.’
“To make matters worse, the embarrassing error came while bungling Davis was boasting about how he and his team ‘have a good knowledge of what European countries want’ from Brexit.
“And yes – the Czechs, Slovaks and other European countries have noticed what a blundering idiot our chief negotiator is – and they are openly laughing at us.”
From The Independent: Labour MPs have branded David Davis “disgusting” and a “misogynist” over remarks he made about Diane Abbott MP implying she wasn’t attractive enough to kiss.