UK Needs Transition Period To Exit EU

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However, the pro-European finance minister Philip Hammond and ardent Brexiteer trade minister Liam Fox looked to end the debate by setting out a joint position in a newspaper article, as Britain said it was ready to push on with Brexit talks.

With Ms May due to return from her summer holiday, the article appeared created to end party feuding as well as ongoing speculation that the United Kingdom might somehow be able to salvage membership of the single market through negotiations with the EU.

The UK will leave the Customs Union and Single Market they said, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, but there will be a "time-limited" transition period with the aim of helping business adjust and to avoid a "cliff-edge".

After weeks of cabinet infighting and damaging headlines, Hammond - accused by Brexit hardliners of trying to water down attempts to break free of the European Union after Brexit - and hard Brexit advocate Fox appeared to have reconciled their differences in a joint article for the Sunday Telegraph.

"We will leave the customs union and be free to negotiate the best trade deals around the world as an independent, open, trading nation", the article said.

Davis's Brexit department said it was preparing to publish several papers, including plans for a new customs arrangement and a proposal on how to resolve the difficulties of a non-physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Pro-EU lawmaker Anna Soubry, who has previously said that June's election result means that the party has no mandate to take Britain out of the single market, said the party could split if May gives staunch eurosceptics too much sway. We want our economy to remain strong and vibrant through this period of change.

Her comments came as Labour former foreign secretary David Miliband issued a call for politicians on all sides to fight back against the "worst consequences" of last year's vote for Britain to leave the EU.

"We've been crystal clear that issues around our withdrawal and our future partnership are inextricably linked, and the negotiations so far have reinforced that view", the Department for Exiting the European Union said in the statement released Sunday.

Mr Miliband, who narrowly lost out to his brother Ed in the 2010 Labour leadership contest and who now heads the International Rescue Committee relief agency in NY, described the outcome of the 2016 referendum as an "unparalleled act of economic self-harm".

"The referendum will be no excuse if the country is driven off a cliff".

The UK formally triggered the Brexit process on March 29 and divorce negotiations officially began on June 19.

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