LONDON Dec 14 Brexit minister David Davis said
on Wednesday the British government was keeping its options open
before beginning talks with the European Union over its divorce.
Asked whether he stood by his earlier statement that Britain
could consider paying into the EU budget to maintain
preferential trade access into the single market, Davis said
those comments had been "slightly over-interpreted".
"At this stage, three months short of the start of
negotiation, I'm going to hold every option open that I can. I'm
not going to shut something off unnecessarily. So to not count
it out is also to not count it in," he told lawmakers in a
"I'm not ruling it in either, therefore I'm not envisaging
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and Kylie MacLellan)