Of course two days for the second reading is enough, says the Brexit secretary, why can’t everyone just trust him?

It’s hard not to feel a little sorry for David Davis. While most of his cabinet colleagues are on an extended sabbatical for the foreseeable future as the government tries to disentangle itself from the EU, the Brexit secretary is being forced to work around the clock.

If it wasn’t bad enough spending most of Tuesday afternoon updating the house on his lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations, he then had to take a double hit on Thursday. First at departmental questions, in which he appeared to be very clear on the things he wasn’t going to do but totally clueless about what he would be doing, then when he had to present the second reading of the government’s EU withdrawal bill.

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