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Brexit Secretary faces investigation over £50,000 travelling cost in a year

 

 

David Davis is reportedly facing an investigation by the Cabinet Office after spending thousands of pounds travelling back and forth to Europe.

Newly released data shows the Brexit Secretary’s department spent almost £50,000 in less than a year shuttling him to EU meetings.

The Independent claims to have seen a letter from the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, asking whether Mr Davis’s trips break the ministerial code’s rules on cost-effectiveness.

Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis (L) and European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier talk to the media in Brussels

The letter is said to read: After seven years of austerity, the British people rightly expect those who govern our country to do everything they can to minimise the cost of their transport to the public purse wherever possible not least when huge cuts are being threatened to our armed forces.

Of course David Davis’s role requires frequent travel to European capitals, but there is no reason why he could not use cheaper commercial services.

The public voted for Brexit to save money for our public services, not blow it on Air David Davis.

European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (L) welcomes British Brexit Secretary David Davis prior to the fourth round of Negotiation on Brexit talks at the EU Commission in Brussels

According to reports, the newly released data shows the Brexit Secretary used RAF planes during eleven trips between December 2016 and September 2017.

A spokesman from the Department for Exiting the European Union told The Independent the Secretary of State often uses other means of travel when appropriate, such as the Eurostar, adding that he has also taken a number of commercial flights.

The spokesman said: The Brexit negotiations are critical to the nation’s future and it is absolutely right that the Secretary of State has access to whatever mode of transport is most appropriate.

RAF aircraft have been used to transport senior ministers from Governments over many years because they provide security, flexibility and value for money, especially when travelling in large groups and in multi-legged trips.

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