You said what?

Time I think to keep a record of some of the more memorable statements people have made, so we know who to blame when it all goes pear shaped

“There will be no downside to Brexit, only a considerable upside.”
David Davis

10 October 2016

“Getting out of the EU can be quick and easy – the UK holds most of the cards.”
John Redwood
July 17 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
20 July 2017

“We’re not really interested in a transition deal, but we’ll consider one to be kind to the EU.”
David Davis
15 November 2016

“I believe that we can get a free trade and customs agreement concluded before March 2019.”
David Davis
18 January 2017

“Indeed, [a trade deal] would take significantly less than two years. We hold all the cards. We will offer them a deal in response to their pleas for help.”
Patrick Minford
14 June 2016

“I am not worried about transitional arrangements. I am prepared to take the economic hit to secure the economic benefits of not being inside the Single Market and being outside the Customs Union. I simply want… a quickie divorce.” 
Michael Gove
17 November 2016

“We are going to get a deal which is of huge value and possibly of greater value.”
Boris Johnson (me!)
16 November 2016

“Within two years, before the negotiation with the EU is likely to be complete, we can negotiate a free trade area massively larger than the EU. The new trade agreements will come into force at the point of exit, but they will be fully negotiated.”
David Davis
14 July 2016

“Trade relations with the EU could be sorted out in an afternoon over a cup of coffee.” 
Gerard Batten
17 February 2017

“Within minutes of a vote for Brexit, CEOs would be knocking down Chancellor Merkel’s door demanding access to the British market.”
David Davis 
4 February 2016

“The cost of getting out would be virtually nil and the cost of staying in would be very high.”
Boris Johnson (me again!)
6 March 2016

“I think we could very easily get a better trade deal than we have at the moment.”
Douglas Carswell
8 June 2016

“All David Davis needs to say to is: listen guys free trade or WTO?” 

Tim Martin 
2 January 2017

“It will be easy to negotiate a trade deal. It’s in the EU’s interests.” 
Paul Nutall 
17 January 2017

“Nobody ever pretended this would be simple or easy.”
David Davis 
5 September 2017

“If we need to leave with no deal and negotiate a free trade agreement during the transition period, so be it.

David Davis

November 2018