Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

British government to outline aims in Brexit talks

British government to outline aims in Brexit talks

Britain is keen to start talking about its post-Brexit relationship with Europe, wary of the need to reassure anxious businesses, citizens and investors.

"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", a source in Britain's Brexit department said.

But in a show of strength after a summer dominated by cabinet splits, Chancellor Philip Hammond and International Development Secretary Liam Fox announced there will be a transitional period when Britain finally leaves the UK.

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.

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A source close to Mr Davis said the papers would highlight the British teams were "on the front foot" in the negotiations.

The first is how much money the United Kingdom will have to pay to leave the bloc, the second addresses whether security checks and customs duties will be imposed at the Irish border and the third deals with the status of European Union nationals living in the UK.

The Government will hope the position papers will convince the EU Commission that it does have a coherent plan, when the exit talks resume at the end of this month. The Brexit department declined to comment on the story.

The UK government is to publish a series of Brexit strategy papers starting from this week, ahead of a third round of talks between London and Brussels at the end of August.

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On his first official visit to Northern Ireland earlier this month, the Taoiseach even put forward his own suggestions for a "soft Brexit" - including the possibility of creating a new EU-UK customs union. The first will be a proposal for new customs arrangements.

A second batch of papers will be released ahead of an October meeting of the European Council, when EU leaders are expected to decide whether enough progress has been made to proceed to talks on a future relationship.

However, pro-European Finance Minister Hammond and ardent Brexiteer Trade Minister Fox set out a joint position in the Sunday Telegraph that a transition period was needed when Britain leaves the European Union, but single market membership would still end and the interim period would not be used to stop Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May then called a snap election in an attempt to increase her Conservative Party's majority in Parliament and strengthen her negotiating hand.

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