Brexit transition would not be way to remain — Hammond and Fox

13 August, 2017, 18:35 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Brussels has refused to start talks on a post-Brexit relationship with London until the immediate issues of Britain's withdrawal، including its "divorce bill،" have been settled.

Britain needs a transition period to soften its exit from the European Union, but it can not be used to stop Brexit, two senior ministers said on Saturday, signalling a truce between rival factions in Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet.

Chancellor Philip Hammond and the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox have jointly made the suggestion in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

United Kingdom government is to publish a series of Brexit strategy papers starting from this week، ahead of a third round of talks between London and Brussels at the end of August، Alliance News Agency reported.

A source close to Mr Davis said the papers would highlight the British teams were "on the front foot" in the negotiations.

Bruno Maçães, who was his country's EU minister between July 2013 and November 2015, rubbished claims the effect of Britain quitting the European Union would be "negligible" for remaining members of the bloc.

The decision to announce the publication of papers on its plans indicates Britain's desire to counter criticism from Brussels about its approach to the talks.

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It added that businesses should be assured there would be no "cliff edge" despite fears expressed that the UK could crash out of the EU without reaching a deal, which would see UK-EU relations revert to World Trade Organisation rules.

Among the details is one covering the hard issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland once Britain leaves the EU. The Brexit department declined to comment on the story.

Free movement for Irish citizens in and out of Britain is expected to continue after Brexit, with the establishment of a Schengen-style area between Ireland and Britain created to resolve the border problem.

During their second round of talks held in July, the European Union and UK Brexit teams failed to reach an agreement on 22 of the 44 issues under negotiation. The first of these will set out proposals for a new customs agreement, it said.

The article was published as a former foreign secretary, David Miliband, issued a call in the Observer for politicians on all sides to fight back against the "worst consequences" of last year's vote for Britain to leave the EU.

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox wrote in a joint article for The Telegraph newspaper, that London would not be side to the European Union treaties for Brexit transition period.

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