Davis's words may provide some certainty to U.K. businesses that employ EU nationals and are concerned about their future residency status.
Forty-one percent of U.K. companies say EU employees from outside the country have expressed concern over their residency status, according to a survey of 800 firms published by the British Chambers of Commerce on Monday. Ten percent of businesses reported that EU employees had stated their intention to leave the U.K. and 5 percent said some employees had already resigned. The lobbying group called on the U.K. government to confirm that existing workers had a right to remain in the U.K. and to clarify how new EU hires will be treated.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May said the U.K. would not adopt the points-based immigration system advocated by pro-Brexit campaigners. Such a system would see potential immigrants awarded points according to the skills, education and other factors to judge whether they should be allowed in.
Brexit will "put sovereignty and supremacy of the parliament beyond doubt," Davis said on Monday.
On Wednesday, the U.K. parliament's second house, the House of Lords, will listen to evidence on the potential impact from Brexit on financial services, which are a major contributor to the British economy.