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"We are ready" says Britain, launching push to break Brexit stalemate

13 August 2017, 05:53 | Erica Roy

Stormont Castle

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But in a joint article for The Sunday Telegraph, they agreed that any transition would be "time limited" and that Brexit would mean the United Kingdom pulling out of both the EU single market and the customs union.

Alternatively, said the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, Ms May should abandon her hard Brexit policy of leaving the EU customs union, which will make a border necessary.

We want our economy to remain strong and vibrant through this period of change.

"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 European Union".

"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 European Union".

In a joint "Sunday Telegraph" article, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond and global 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.

In the coming week the British government is to begin publishing papers that will have more details of its policies and goals in relation to the Brexit process.


Mr Barnier has maintained that negotiators must make progress on the rights of European Union and British citizens, the border with Ireland and Britain's exit payment before discussing a trade deal, while the prime minister Theresa May wants an accord before leaving.

Mr Miliband said he respected last year's referendum result, but also maintained "democracy did not end on 23 June 2016".

Writing in the Observer newspaper Miliband, foreign minister under a Labour government between 2007 and 2010, called Brexit an "unparalleled act of economic self-harm" and said there should be another public vote once the final terms of Britain's exit are known.

"Could I ever see myself joining with like-minded people who want to save our country from such an appalling fate?"

After the last round of negotiations, Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, was highly critical of Britain's lack of preparedness, as he announced there had been no breakthrough. The timing and content has been governed by factions in the Tory party.

"So the fightback against the worst consequences of the referendum has the opportunity and responsibility to get its bearings fast".



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