The pair clashed following Wednesday night’s leaders’ debate with the presenter pushing the politician to reveal immigration policies.
He said: “As it’s the Brexit election – by your own admission – maybe you can share with us some aspects of the plan, maybe you can tell us what your immigration policy will be, for example, once we leave.”
Mr Davis said the Government’s strategy was about “bringing control back”.
Evan Davis and David Davis during their explosive clash on Newsnight
That is not a policy! With respect, that is not a plan
He said: “Well, the first thing we’ve said is we’re going to bring control back to Britain, that’s the most important thing.”
But the unimpressed host said it was not a policy. He said: “I’m so sorry, that’s just a vague phrase.”
The politician then talked about bringing immigration down to “sustainable levels”.
He responded: “Wait a minute, let me get to the point Evan. Firstly, of course, in the referendum people voted for control of borders, control of money, control of their own laws.
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“All of those matter – in the control of borders we’re talking about bringing back control to Britain so that Parliament can decide on what eventually the immigration policy is.
“We’ve said clearly the aim is to bring it down to sustainable levels.”
But the presenter was still not pleased with the response and probed further.
He blasted: “That is not a policy! With respect, that is not a plan.”
The Tory minister said revealing too much could jeopardise Brexit negotiations.
He said: “From the point of view of the British public, what they want to know is what the outcome is.
“Too often the commentators like you, who want to go into the weeds and the details – fine it’s very reasonable – but people want to know what the outcome will be and the outcome will be that.”