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In Britain made an important statement on Brexit

In Britain made an important statement on Brexit”

Philip Hammond and Liam Fox have poured cold water on the idea of a soft Brexit by declaring Britain will not remain in the single market or customs union.

Cabinet ministers from different ends of the Brexit spectrum have attempted to end infighting over Britain's transition away from the EU, with Philip Hammond and Liam Fox jointly stressing the United Kingdom will completely leave the single market and customs union after Brexit in 2019.

But in a joint article for The Sunday Telegraph newspaper, they agreed there should not be a "cliff-edge" when Britain leaves in March 2019.

Hammond and Fox are seen as the two ministers at opposite ends of the soft-hard Brexit spectrum and their joint article, which also said the transitional period would be "time-limited", was meant to quash speculation that the cabinet is divided on the issue.

They want the country's economy remained "strong and energetic" after this period of change. "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.

Ben Bradshaw - supporter of the anti-Brexit group Open Britain - said: "Cabinet Ministers may be desperately trying to put on a display of hard Brexit unity but over a year after the referendum, there is still an alarming lack of clarity about what the Government's negotiating position is".

"But we are also clear that during this period our borders must continue to operate smoothly; goods bought on the internet must still cross borders; businesses must still be able to supply their customers across the European Union and our innovative, world-leading companies must be able to hire the talent they need, including from within the EU".

A British paper focused on "issues unique to Northern Ireland and Ireland" is expected ahead of the talks, but no further details of the proposal were provided on Sunday. Prime Minister Theresa May wants an accord before leaving.

"For our part, the DUP will continue to work closely with the government at Westminster to ensure we get the best deal possible for Northern Ireland", Mr Donaldson added.

Ex Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband has called for politicians on all sides to unite to fight back against the "worst consequences" of Brexit.

He said: "Over the summer we heard that Philip Hammond was courageously fighting off the more extreme Brexiteers. And has that moment arrived yet?" she said.

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



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