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David Davis delays Brexit plan grilling until the last possible day before Summer break; It's now happening in the afternoon of the last day of term.

Byline: Mikey Smith

David Davis has delayed a grilling from MPs, originally planned for this week, until the last possible moment before Parliament goes on its summer break.

The delay will add weight to speculation the Government's Brexit plan may be delayed even further.

The Mirror revealed on Friday the Brexit Secretary had asked for his scheduled appearance before the Brexit Select Committee to be rescheduled.

And today, committee members were told his appearance, alongside top Brexit civil servant Olly Robbins, will take place on the afternoon of the last day of term.

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A message to committee members, seen by the Mirror, said: "It has now been confirmed that the Secretary of State and Oliver Robbins will appear before the Committee at 2pm on Tuesday 24 July (a meeting in the morning that day is not possible due to Cabinet business)."

And MPs and their staff have been warned that they could be called in for the committee even if Parliament breaks up earlier than expected.

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The message said: "There has been some speculation that the House could rise before that day; the Committee is able to meet and take evidence during the recess."

TheBrexitSecretary promised the Brexit White Paper would be a "detailed, ambitious and precise explanations of our positions."

It was originally slated to be published before this week's EU Council summit. Later, that expectation shifted to next week.

The Department for Exiting the EU has been approached for comment.

On Friday, a spokesperson said: "DExEU ministers have given evidence to a broad range of committees on 36 occasions including six appearances by the Secretary of State at the Exiting the EU Select Committee.

"We're currently working with the Committee to schedule his next appearance and exact timings will be confirmed in due course."

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