Britain’s ‘Charming Bastard’ David Davis to lead Brexit talks

By William James and Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) – David Davis, a staunchly Eurosceptic lawmaker who says the risk of losing a key export partner will force EU leaders such as Angela Merkel to agree to a free trade deal, was appointed as the man to lead Britain out of the bloc on Wednesday. Davis, 67, was given the newly-created role of Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union by incoming British Prime Minister Theresa May as she set about building her team just hours after taking over from David Cameron. The shock of a June 23 vote to leave the EU shook Cameron from power, threatens to plunge the world’s fifth largest economy into recession and has put the future of London’s vital financial banking industry in doubt.

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