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

Xavier Trudeau
Août 13, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox have attempted to quell any accusations of a divide within the government over the UK's approach to Brexit.

The UK will need a transition period to help businesses adjust after Brexit, the chancellor and the global trade secretary have said.

Writing in the Observer, he said: "People say we must respect the referendum". We should. But democracy did not end on June 23, 2016.

We want our economy to remain strong and vibrant through this period of change. There will be a short "interim period" to smooth the transition, in which Britain will not be party to European Union treaties, and after that, the United Kingdom will become a fully independent country that seeks close partnership with Europe on "security, trade and commerce". And it must ensure a smooth and predictable pathway for businesses and citizens alike.

The joint statement from those who represent Remain and Leave within the Cabinet comes as Theresa May returns from her walking holiday in Switzerland this week.

Meanwhile, ministers are to publish a new series of detailed papers setting out their aims for the Brexit talks amid criticism about a lack of clarity over the Government's negotiating position.

These include papers on the issue of the Irish border as well as a paper on the future partnership arrangements, including the UK's proposals for a new customs agreement with the EU.

He described the outcome of last year's referendum as an "unparalleled act of economic self-harm".

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.

A series of papers are being published, including one covering what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after the United Kingdom has left the EU.

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