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UK Needs Transition Period To Exit EU

UK Needs Transition Period To Exit EU

From this week, the Government is to start publishing a new series of detailed papers setting out its negotiating position on a range of key issues, amid criticism from Brussels of a lack of clarity about what it wants.

"The DUP has been discussing these matters with the government for some time and we support the concept of maintaining a common travel area between the United Kingdom and Irish Republic and share the government's view that modern technology can help with monitoring the movement of goods across the border in the event of the UK reaching a new free trade and customs agreement with the European Union", he said.

The chancellor and the worldwide trade secretary are trying to show a united front, after weeks of arguing between ministers.

Britain is struggling with the negotiations, and the pace has sparked concerns that a March 2019 exit deadline will arrive without a deal being reached.

In a joint "Sunday Telegraph" article, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond and worldwide trade minister Liam Fox - the two key ministers believed to be on opposing ends of Britain's future outside the EU - also said that the UK will not remain in the customs union during the transitional period.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the two cabinet members said that "we are both clear" that during the period Britain would be outside the single market and the customs union "and will be a "third country" not party to EU treaties".

"I've launched this process because with time of the essence, we need to get on with negotiating the bigger issues around our future partnership to ensure we get a deal that delivers a strong United Kingdom and a strong EU", Davis said.

Leo Varadkar proposed a bilateral EU/UK customs union and raised the possibility of the UK joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) after it exited the EU.

In response, the UK Government said it was committed to a "deep and special" future partnership with the European Union that included "bold and ambitious" free trade and customs agreements.

According to reports, the Brexit negotiations have not begun well due to disagreements among Prime Minister Theresa May's team of ministers about the kind of deal they should be seeking. The first of these will set out proposals for a new customs agreement, it said.

"By triggering Article 50 in March of this year we leave in March 2019, what the transition period will look like is down to the negotiations", he said during a surprise appearance at Alex Salmond's show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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