London Wants 'Smooth' Trade With EU for Post-Brexit Transition Period

  • London Wants 'Smooth' Trade With EU for Post-Brexit Transition Period

London Wants 'Smooth' Trade With EU for Post-Brexit Transition Period

Before the UK-EU Brexit talks resume at the end of this month, the government wants to fix the damage caused by summer headlines about Brexit splits.

Senior British ministers presented a united front to negotiations with the European Union on Sunday.

The British government is fighting back against criticism that it is divided and unprepared for Brexit, announcing it will publish a set of detailed proposals on customs arrangements, the status of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border and other issues.

Brussels has refused to start talks on a post-Brexit relationship with London until the immediate issues of Britain's withdrawal، including its "divorce bill،" have been settled.

In a further sign that the Conservatives are seeking to show a united front, chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond and trade secretary Liam Fox made a joint statement in which they said a transition period following Brexit isn't a way for Britain to stay in the European Union "through the back door".

The documents-setting out proposals for Northern Ireland and the border with Ireland, continuity on the availability of goods and confidentiality, and access to official documents after Brexit-will seek to prove that the United Kingdom is ready for talks to advance to the next stage, according to the statement. Writing in the "Observer", he said: "People say we must respect the referendum".

According to reports, the Brexit negotiations have not begun well due to disagreements among Prime Minister Theresa May's team of ministers about the kind of deal they should be seeking.

"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.

Former top British diplomat Simon Fraser said last week the government needed to put forward a clearer position in order to move forward with the Brexit talks.

The survey which will hand Theresa May a huge boost grilled respondents over a series of conditions imposed on Britain as a result of being in the bloc, rather than being asked simply whether they support European Union membership or not.

"We will leave the single market, because there was a vote for change on 23 June and that is what we will deliver".

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.

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.