Mr Davis (in today's Sun) says that Britain must regain powers on fishing, immigration and social policy from the EU (BBCi). He promises a "double-lock" referendum of the British people on regaining these powers. The first referendum would be used to gain a mandate from the British people to demand a massive return of powers from Europe to Britain. A second referendum would endorse the settlement that he would then negotiate with other EU heads of government.
Mr Davis' essential vision is of what he calls an 'open Europe' in which all powers can be reclaimed by all countries. He told Radio 4's Today programme that such an approach would be more likely to work than a piecemeal attempt to win back powers. If Britain only asked for the right to control its own fishing policy, for example, it could easily be blocked by the Spanish. A right for every country to opt out of certain programmes could appeal to the whole EU:
"In many ways we would have a new and better relationship with Europe. We would not be squabbling with France and Germany because we would all have control over our own destinies."
Up until now Mr Davis has been 'out-sceptiked' on Europe by David Cameron. Mr Cameron backed Liam Fox's pledge to quit the federalist European People's Party (a policy that brought him some criticism yesterday). David Davis believes that MEPs should decide their relationship with the EPP.
Also on Today, Ken Clarke expressed concern at the Eurosceptic tactics of the two Davids. He said that he was inclined to support David Cameron but was disappointed that both of the run-off contenders appeared to be making Eurosceptic noises to appeal to the Conservative Party's core vote.
"In interviews with The Sun the two Davids have both revealed their leadership strengths. Charismatic David Cameron — the race leader — feels confident enough to keep detailed plans under wraps. Tough guy David Davis, by contrast, is willing to show his hand. He wants to limit state spending to 40 per cent of the economic cake. He would cut taxes by an average of £1,200 for every family. He says he will square up to the EU and demand the repatriation of sweeping powers grabbed from the UK Parliament over 25 years... The Tory party members have a tough decision to make. But whoever wins, two Davids together are capable of giving Labour a fright."