Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

UK Will Not be Part of EU Treaties for Brexit Transition Period

UK Will Not be Part of EU Treaties for Brexit Transition Period

However, Sunday's joint article appears to be an attempt to put to bed rumours and reports that May's cabinet is deeply divided on what kind of Brexit Britain should be looking at.

In an article in the Sunday Telegraph, the chancellor of the exchequer and the secretary for worldwide trade attempt to paper over divisions that have emerged in the cabinet.

Mr Fox and Mr Hammond say businesses need reassurances that there will not be a "cliff-edge" when the United Kingdom exits the customs union & single market, or before new trade deals are reached with other countries.

They wrote in The Sunday Telegraph: "We want our economy to remain strong and vibrant through this period of change".

Prime Minister Theresa May will hope the intervention of the two ministers will cool temperatures in the Tory ranks amid divisions over Brexit and speculation of a possible leadership challenge when MPs return to Westminster in September.

Among the first to be published will be three papers that lay ground for the next round of negotiations in Brussels at the end of August, including one that sets out the U.K.'s plan for the post-Brexit border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The government's Brexit department said Britain wanted to show that progress on the preliminary issues had been made and "we are ready to broaden out the negotiations" by the time of an European Union summit in October.

GETTY STOCK IMAGEBritain produces less than two-thirds of the food the country consumes

The former business minister also indicated that she could be prepared to join politicians from other parties to stop the country "staggering recklessly" towards a hard break with Brussels.

Former foreign secretary David Miliband has used an attack on the ministers spearheading Brexit to call for a second European Union referendum.

"But I would be betraying my principles if I did not make it clear that country must always come before party".

The Labour ex-cabinet minister described the outcome of the 2016 referendum as an "unparalleled act of economic self-harm".

The exit bill, estimated at tens of billions of euros, is to cover pension liabilities for European Union staff and programs Britain committed to funding over the next few years.

"It's what businesses across Europe have called on both sides to do and will demonstrate that the ready for the job", he said, adding that the position papers' publication was "an important next step" in "getting on with the task set to us by the British public". "Our negotiating position is a mystery - even on immigration", he wrote.

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