Britain’s Brexit Secretary has said he will look at a way to allow UK nationals to retain their European Union citizenship after Britain leaves the union.

David Davis was urged to "look seriously" at "associate citizenship" which would give those who adopt it the right to work and live in the European Union.

During Brexit questions in the House of Commons, Mr Davis promised to "listen to anything of this nature".

He was asked by Tory backbencher Jeremy Lefroy: "One right which British workers will not have, potentially, is the right to go and work within the EU without a visa.

"The idea of associate citizenship is something that was raised by the president of the European Parliament and others.

"Would he look seriously at this so that British workers - particularly perhaps younger British workers - would have the opportunity to go and work in the European Union without a visa certainly for a limited, if not extended, period of time?"

Mr Davis replied: "Yes, we will look at these altogether - I have spoken to Guy Verhofstadt about this briefly, not at great length, already.

"I will be interested to hear from him what he hears from what they are proposing, and of course we will listen to anything of this nature.

"The aim of this exercise is to be good for Europe, good for Britain and that means good for the citizens of Europe and Britain and that's what we'll intend to do."

Mr Davis also said the British government intends to be "as open as we can be" over its Brexit impact studies after MPs backed their release.

He said he held talks with Hilary Benn, chairman of the Exiting the EU Select Committee, with further discussions planned about the confidentiality surrounding the documents that will be handed over.

Labour used an arcane parliamentary procedure to successfully pass a motion which seeks to have the 58 studies showing the potential impact of Brexit on different industrial sectors provided to the select committee.

Brexit minister Robin Walker also said the government took the vote in Parliament very seriously but prompted groans from Opposition MPs by his lack of detail on when the documents will be released.

Labour's Jeff Smith questioned if Mr Davis agreed that the papers must be given in full to the committee.

Mr Davis replied: "I've already spoken to (Mr Benn) ... and I'm organising to talk to him about how we handle the confidentiality of the documentation we'll hand over.

"I will reiterate the point made by my honourable friend that is these documents are not some sort of grand plan, they're data about the regulations and the markets of individual sectors which inform our negotiation.

"Of course we will be as open as we can be with the select committee, I fully intend to."

New Defence Secretary appointed 

Gavin Williamson has been appointed Defence Secretary after Michael Fallon resigned from the job amid Westminster sleaze allegations, Downing Street has announced.

Mr Fallon quit after admitting his behaviour had "fallen below the high standards required" in the role and acknowledging that what might have been acceptable in the past was no longer appropriate.

Mr Williamson, who was the Government's chief whip before this appointment, will take the job having never held ministerial office.

He left Downing Street with a military officer and got into a waiting car without speaking to reporters.
Mr Williamson was replaced as chief whip by his former deputy Julian Smith.