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

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

"That is why we believe a time-limited interim period will be important to further our national interest and give business greater certainty - but it can not be indefinite; it can not be a back door to staying in the EU", Mr Hammond and Mr Fox wrote.

"Once the interim period is over, we want a permanent, treaty-based arrangement between the United Kingdom and the EU which supports the closest possible relationship with the European Union, retaining close ties of security, trade and commerce", they said. "That means businesses need to have confidence that there will not be a cliff-edge when we leave the European Union in just over 20 months' time", they wrote.

Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, but did not trigger the formal two-year exit process until March. "We are both clear that during this period the United Kingdom will be outside the single market and outside the customs union and will be a "third-country" not party to EU treaties", the article read.

British 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 on the government's negotiating position.

The disclosure comes as Britain's Brexit secretary David Davis prepares to embark on a third round of talks with the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, in the Belgian capital at the end of August.

The series of publications will also include papers on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union - highlighting the U.K.'s view that so-called "exit issues" such as the Brexit bill and the Northern Irish border, which the European Union has insisted must be settled first, are inextricably linked to future relationship issues, which the European Union has said it will only discuss once "sufficient progress" has been reached in talks.

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.

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.

The EU says those negotiations can't start until sufficient progress has been made on three initial issues: how much money the United Kingdom will have to pay to settle its outstanding commitments to the bloc; whether security checks and customs duties will be instituted on the Irish border; and the status of 3 million EU nationals living in Britain.

Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the Brexit process on March 29 and divorce negotiations officially began on June 19.

A second batch of papers, to be released in the run-up to the October meeting of the European Council in Brussels, will look at "future partnership" arrangements between the United Kingdom and the EU, including the UK's proposals for a new customs arrangement with the bloc.



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