Brexit Secretary insists UK will not plunge into 'Mad Max style dystopia' after Brexit

David Davis says his country will "continue our track record of meeting high standards"

Brexit Secretary insists UK will not plunge into 'Mad Max style dystopia' after Brexit

David Davis. Picture by: Roland Schlager/AP/Press Association Images

Updated 13.40

Britain's Brexit Secretary has insisted that the UK will not plunge into a 'Mad Max style dystopia' when it leaves the EU.

In a speech in Vienna, David Davis promised that the British will maintain their reputation of meeting high standards.

He will played down concerns that areas such as workers' rights will be negatively impacted.

In his speech, Mr Davis said: "We will continue our track record of meeting high standards after we leave the European Union.

"I know that for one reason or another there are some people who have sought to question that these are really our intentions. They fear that Brexit could lead to an Anglo-Saxon race to the bottom... with Britain plunged into a Mad Max style world borrowed from dystopian fiction."

He added: "These fears about a race to the bottom are based on nothing, not our history, not our intentions, nor our national interest."

He noted that the UK will never be cheaper than China or have more resources than Brazil.

He suggested: "This challenge can only be met by an increase in quality, an increase in service levels, an increase in intellectual content."

Meanwhile, Junior Minister for European Affairs, Helen McEntee, says the Irish Government is doing its best to influence the outcome.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, she said: "What we need to start seeing is more focus on the economy.

"We've done a number of reports ourselves - independent studies that were commissioned by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation - looking at the various different scenarios [...] That is there for the UK government to see"

One study, undertaken by Copenhagen Economics on behalf of the Government, was released last week.

It warned that the impact of Brexit could equal the financial crisis of 2008 to 2009 - but last even longer.

An agreement was reached in December to move Brexit negotiations on to phase two, which is focusing on the future relationship between the EU and the UK.

It included an assurance from the British government that there will not be a return to the hard border on the island of Ireland.

Talking about current negotiations, Minister McEntee added: "We have to move on and make sure what was agreed [in phase one of talks] is made concrete and put into a legally binding document."