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UK could get bad Brexit deal as Philip Hammond only sees the negatives, Theresa May’s former right hand man has warns

September 21, 2017
BRITAIN could get a bad Brexit deal if Philip Hammond and the Treasury continue with their reluctance to “mention the positives” of leaving the European Union, Theresa May’s former right hand man has warned.

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Philip Hammond’s reluctance to mention Brexit positives could hurt UK, says Nick Timothy

Nick Timothy, the  former chief of staff, said the Chancellor was putting negotiations at risk by failing to recognise the “opportunities of Brexit”.

Mr Timothy also accused Mr  of being on “manoeuvres” over the Treasury’s silence on the potential boost  could provide to the UK economy.

The former chief of staff also hit out at  over his own unauthorised 4,200-word Brexit plan ahead of Mrs May’s crucial speech in Florence on Friday.

Mr Timothy called on the Chancellor and Foreign Secretary to “stop their games” or risk leaving the UK unable to strike a Brexit deal.

Writing for The Telegraph, the former chief of staff said: “Boris Johnson and Philip Hammond… must understand that the surest route to a bad deal, or no deal at all, is to go on behaving as they are. They must stop their games now, because the stakes for Britain are too high.”

Mrs May is said to have struck a truce with Mr Johnson, who reports had suggested was prepared to resign over the possibility of a soft Brexit, ahead of her keynote address in Florence.

Theresa May insists ‘the UK government is driven from the front’

Mr Hammond and the Foreign Secretary will appear along side Mrs May in Italy as the Cabinet presents a united front to Europe.

It is hoped the Prime Minister’s speech will outline a Brexit strategy and break the negotiations deadlock.

The plan presented is thought to include a deal to pay Brussels €20 billion over a transition period taking us up to 2020.

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Boris Johnson was accused of undermining the Prime Minister with his Brexit proposal

Despite the expectation of this substantial financial offer EU officials are thought to be preparing to demand even more from the UK in a divorce bill.

An EU diplomat told The Telegraph: “Goodwill gestures are not enough – it is very doubtful that EU member states would consider that offer to be sufficient progress on its own.”

Mr Timothy implored the Prime Minister to avoid setting out an “exact solution” in her speech and instead suggested laying out a broad outline for the relationship between the UK and EU post Brexit.

He said: “The Prime Minister does not need to set out the exact solution tomorrow, but she can set out the Government’s parameters. These details are important but they are inherently technical.”

Mr Hammond and Mr Johnson clashed over the UK’s approach to Brexit talks during the summer.

The Chancellor favours a “business-first” exit that would see the UK paying into EU coffers to secure access to the single market.

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Mr Timothy called on Leavers and Remainers in the Cabinet to support Theresa May

While the Foreign Secretary has called for Britain adopt a Canada model, where tariffs would be slashed but the UK would not be require to make budget contributions.

Mr Timothy demanded the pair cease hostilities saying: “[The Prime Minister] deserves the full support of her ministers, Leavers and Remainers alike.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/856782/Brexit-deal-Philip-Hammond-Theresa-May-Florence-speech-Nick-Timothy

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Jean-Claude Juncker questions ‘stability’ of Brexit chief David Davis

September 8, 2017

Theresa May under renewed fire from Eurosceptic Tories to push for a hard EU exit

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By Jim Brunsden in Brussels, Arthur Beesley in Dublin and George Parker in London

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Theresa May’s Brexit strategy came under heavy fire on Thursday as Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, questioned the “stability” of her chief negotiator while rightwing Conservative MPs mobilised to push for a hard exit from the EU.

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Mr Juncker had told his colleagues in the commission that he was concerned about “the stability and accountability” of David Davis, Brexit secretary, raising tensions further between Brussels and London. The comments, which appeared in the minutes of a July meeting of 28 European commissioners, came as hopes were rapidly fading that “sufficient progress” on the outlines of Britain’s exit could be achieved by the EU’s October summit.

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In addition to Mr Juncker’s remarks, the minutes showed Michel Barnier, the EU Brexit negotiator, thought Mr Davis “did not regard his direct involvement in these negotiations as his priority”. Mr Davis’s spokesman said: “These are clearly out-of-date comments and it is abundantly clear that the secretary of state has been fully engaged and involved throughout the negotiations, in the same way as Mr Barnier.”

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Mr Barnier on Thursday tried to smooth over the row by praising the professionalism of Mr Davis’s negotiating team, but Brussels is still waiting for Britain to make the next move to break a deadlock in Brexit talks. Over the summer Mr Davis and Philip Hammond, the chancellor, have tried to manoeuvre the government towards a softer position in which they try to negotiate a transition deal — possibly lasting until 2022 — to avoid an exit cliff edge.

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Mr Davis confirmed on Thursday the UK would seek a transition “as close as possible to the current circumstances”, suggesting it would mirror membership of the single market, customs union and existing obligations such as EU budget payments.

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But a fragile Conservative truce broke when about 35 Tory Eurosceptic MPs signed a letter, intended for publication in a Sunday newspaper and seen by the BBC and The Times, warning against any lengthy transition deal that kept Britain in the EU “by stealth”.

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Suella Fernandes, chair of the pro-Leave European Research Group, insisted the letter was supportive of government policy but pro-EU Tories claimed it was an attempt to tie Mrs May’s hands in Brexit talks. The prime minister’s precise policy for a transition remains unclear, but the letter says Britain should leave the single market on Brexit day in 2019, ending EU budget payments.

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It also wants Britain to have the right to sign trade deals during a transition. In an ominous parting shot at cabinet ministers pushing for a soft exit, the MPs concluded: “In short when we leave in 2019, we need to make sure we are well and truly out.”

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Nicky Morgan, the pro-European former education secretary, said: “It is unacceptable for a group within the Conservative parliamentary party to lay down terms that seek to undermine the UK’s negotiations with the EU.”

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In Brussels, Mr Barnier took firm aim at some parts of Britain’s negotiating stance, warning that the UK has yet to grasp the true difficulties of avoiding a hard land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit.

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The six scenarios for Britain Brussels was exasperated last month when the British government published a position paper on its land border with Ireland that pointed to cases in the past “where the EU has set aside the normal regulations and codes set out in EU law in order to recognise the circumstances of certain border areas”.

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Mr Barnier reiterated the EU’s determination to find a “unique” solution that would avoid a hard border with Ireland once Britain leaves the EU single market and customs union, but said a solution could not come from compromising European rules.

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“The UK wants the EU to suspend the application of its laws, its customs union and its single market at what will be a new external border of the EU,” he said. “And the UK wants to use Ireland as a kind of test case for the future EU-UK customs relations — this will not happen.”

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Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s prime minister, said he was “very happy” with a detailed written position on the border question published by the commission on Thursday, saying it “very much shows that . . . the other 27 member states are very much behind us when it comes to our national interests”.

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Meanwhile, Mrs May has turned down an invitation to explain her Brexit strategy at the European Parliament. Downing Street said she would instead address political group leaders behind closed doors.

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Additional reporting by Robert Wright and Henry Mance

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Labour wants to keep UK in single market in Brexit transition

August 27, 2017

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© AFP | Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer says his party wants a transitional deal letting Britain stay in the EU customs union after Brexit

LONDON (AFP) – In a major policy shift, Britain’s main opposition Labour party now backs staying in the European single market for a transitional period as the country leaves the EU.

“Labour would seek a transitional deal that maintains the same basic terms that we currently enjoy with the EU,” Keir Starmer, the party’s Brexit spokesman, wrote in The Observer newspaper on Sunday.

“That means we would seek to remain in a customs union with the EU and within the single market during this period. It means we would abide by the common rules of both,” he said, meaning unimpeded immigration from the EU could continue.

The comments represent a major policy shift for Labour, which had previously been ambiguous on whether it would seek to retain single market and customs union membership, arguing only that it wanted a “jobs-first Brexit”.

Labour are in a powerful position after making strong gains in June’s general election, stripping Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives of their majority in parliament and forcing them to make a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to govern.

As Starmer unveiled Labour’s new approach, a government source said the European Union should not “drag its feet” in negotiating Brexit.

“Both sides must be flexible and willing to compromise when it comes to solving areas where we disagree,” the source said.

“As the EU itself has said, the clock is ticking so neither side should drag its feet,” the source added, just days ahead of a fresh round of UK-EU divorce talks in Brussels.

In a statement, the government’s Brexit ministry also called for the European Commission to be “more flexible”, as British negotiators push for talks on future trade ties.

Last month, it announced that Britain would try to keep as many aspects of its EU membership in place as possible during a transition period of up to three years.

“Many things will look similar” and goods will continue to flow between Britain and the EU in “much the same way as they do now,” even after the scheduled departure date of March 2019, Philip Hammond, Britain’s finance minister, said at the time.

But he also said that EU nationals would have to register with the authorities starting from the expected departure date of March 2019 as the government comes up with a new immigration system.

But the EU has said it will not address Britain’s proposal for a temporary customs union or start trade talks until “sufficient progress” has been made on a number of key issues.

These include the status of EU nationals in Britain, the bill for the divorce and the future of Northern Ireland’s border with the Republic of Ireland.

Britain voted to leave the EU in a referendum last year and Prime Minister Theresa May issued a formal notification in March, starting a two-year negotiating timetable to exit.

Brexit: Labour Supports ‘Soft Bexit’ — Making Life Tougher for Theresa May

August 27, 2017

LONDON, (Reuters) – The opposition Labour Party says it would keep Britain in the European single market and customs union for a transitional period after Brexit, offering a clear alternative to the policies of Prime Minister Theresa May.

The center-left party would seek to maintain the “same basic terms” with the European Union, including the free movement of people, beyond March 2019 when Britain is set to leave the bloc, Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said on Sunday.

Labour wanted to avoid a damaging “cliff edge” for the economy from an abrupt separation in less than two years.

It would also aim to keep a form of customs union with the EU, and would possibly agree a new relationship with the single market, subject to negotiations, Starmer added in the Observer newspaper.

Senior ministers in May’s Conservative government have ruled out remaining in the single market and customs union during any transitional phase following Brexit.

Starmer said following EU rules for a period would allow goods and services to continue to flow between the EU and Britain without tariffs, customs checks or additional red tape.

Starmer’s comments follow months of uncertainty and division on Labour’s position, and are aimed at providing a springboard for party leader Jeremy Corbyn to potentially defeat the Conservatives in any new election.

May’s grip on power has been weakened following a botched early general election in June in which she lost her parliamentary majority, making it harder for her government to maintain a united stance on Brexit.

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Labour recognized that a transitional deal would not provide long-term certainty, Starmer said, and it would not resolve the question of migration, one of the key issues for voters in the referendum in 2016.

“That is why a transitional period under Labour will be as short as possible, but as long as necessary,” he added.

The Conservatives said Labour’s position was a “weak attempt to kick the can down the road”.

“Their leader can’t say they would end unlimited freedom of movement, they can’t decide whether we are leaving the single market and they have no vision for what Britain should look like outside the EU,” a spokesman said.

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 Jeremy Corbyn during the referendum campaign. Photograph: UPI / Barcroft Images

“This week we will be heading out to negotiate a deal with the EU that avoids unnecessary disruption to people and businesses, and allows the UK to grasp the opportunities of Brexit. Labour are still arguing from the sidelines.”

Nigel Farage, former leader of the anti-EU UK Independence Party, also criticized the Labour move.

“Corbyn promised he would leave the single market. He has now betrayed every Labour voter at the General Election,” he said on Twitter.

Britain will return to Brexit talks on Monday after it sought to widen the debate by publishing a series of papers in the last two weeks on subjects ranging from future customs arrangements to data.

The EU wants to make progress on three areas — the rights of expatriates, Britain’s border with EU state Ireland and a financial settlement — before moving on to the other subjects.

The talks restart as Britain’s economy starts to show the strain of last year’s vote to leave.

Starmer said Labour would make jobs and the economy a priority in any settlement.

“That means remaining in a form of customs union with the EU is a possible end destination for Labour, but that must be subject to negotiations,” he added.

“It also means that Labour is flexible as to whether the benefits of the single market are best retained by negotiating a new single market relationship or by working up from a bespoke trade deal.”

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The EU is not the enemy of the state. Time to think again on Brexit

Labour has a golden opportunity to capitalise on the strong pro-European feelings of the young

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When I referred in my last column to Chancellor Philip Hammond as the only grown-up minister in this chaotic cabinet, I was unaware that he had just put his name to a joint article in the pro-Brexit Sunday Telegraph with his arch-foe Liam Fox, making the following statement: “We respect the will of the British people – in March 2019 the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. We will leave the customs union… we will leave the single market… ”

True, this was followed by reports that he wanted, in effect, to retain quasi-membership for several years, but the two emphasised that such a precaution “cannot be a back door to staying in the EU”. There were also reports that Hammond had in some mysterious way scored a victory, which contrasted vividly with other reports that his attempt at some kind of coup had been foiled.

Certainly, what he put his name to in that article was not good news for those of us who firmly believe it is not too late to arrest the progress of Brexit in its tracks. But then the shenanigans in the present cabinet’s approach to Brexit negotiations call to mind Alice in Wonderland telling the Hatter: “Sometimes I’ve believed in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

The fact of the matter is that this government is so unstable that anything could happen in the next two months. It is an open secret that up to half a dozen members of the cabinet, and at least one double-breasted outsider, are metaphorically polishing their daggers. As my colleague Andrew Rawnsley has pointed out, the only thing holding up a revolt against Theresa May is fear that, by precipitating yet another election, the assassins might end up with Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street.

But Shakespeare’s “vaulting ambition” is a powerful factor in politics, and there are those who wonder how Theresa May can survive the party conference in October unscathed.

Which brings us to the Labour party’s position on Brexit, which most people seem to regard as every bit as confused as the Conservative one.

It is generally assumed that the problem with Jeremy Corbyn’s lukewarm opposition to Brexit during the referendum was that he is a lifelong Eurosceptic and thinks the EU is a capitalist conspiracy against workers.

But most enlightened Labour MPs and trade unionists are more aware than Corbyn seems to be that the EU is in fact very strong on workers’ rights. As for Corbyn’s apparent fear that the EU is the enemy of publicly owned corporations, he must surely be aware of the degree to which so many of our so-called “privatised” utilities and much of our transport network are already in the hands of continental state-owned concerns.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond and Home Secretary Amber Rudd are facing deselection threats from a Brexit campaign group

August 14, 2017

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Chancellor Philip Hammond and Home Secretary Amber Rudd are facing deselection threats from a Brexit campaign group.

Leave.EU said it plans to send letters to every voter who lives in the pair’s constituencies advising how and why they should campaign for their removal.

The group said it will not lead the process but wants to give it the “first shove” in the hope Brexiteers will join the Conservative Party branches in the constituencies of Mr Hammond and Ms Rudd, and ultimately seek to table a no confidence motion.

Leave.EU is targeting the two Cabinet ministers as it believes they have sought to “meddle” in the Brexit process.

Former Ukip donor Arron Banks, in the letter intended for Mr Hammond’s Runnymede and Weybridge constituents, accuses the Chancellor of proposing a “lengthy and unnecessary” transition period of up to three years from March 2019.

The Leave.EU chairman wrote: “This would mean that free movement and financial contributions would continue until at least April 2022.

“He is part of a cabal of Westminster MPs who believe that if they can delay exit, they can overturn the wishes of the 52% who despite threats from the political classes drew upon the courage of their conviction at the ballot box.”

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Amber Rudd campaigned to remain in the EU (Victoria Jones/PA)

Ms Rudd, considered a potential Tory leadership contender in any contest to succeed Theresa May, held her Hastings and Rye seat at this year’s general election with a majority of 346.

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Plan Calling For Removal of Philip Hammond Exposed in Brexit Torn UK

August 14, 2017

LONDON — One of the most vocal pro-Brexit campaign groups launched a campaign on Monday to oust finance minister Philip Hammond from parliament, saying he is part of a plot to stop Britain leaving the European Union.

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Divisions over Britain’s Brexit strategy have resurfaced after Prime Minister Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority in an ill-judged snap election in June, generating renewed political pressure from some quarters for a softer exit.

Hammond has led calls for a multi-year, staggered break from the EU in the name of protecting the British economy, much to the annoyance of some Brexiteers who want a more decisive divorce when Britain’s membership ends in March 2019.

That has put Hammond in the crosshairs of campaign group Leave.EU, whose grassroots organization helped bring about last year’s referendum vote to leave the bloc.

“He is part of a cabal of Westminster MPs (Members of Parliament) who believe that if they can delay exit, they can overturn the wishes of the 52 percent who despite threats from the political classes drew upon the courage of their conviction at the ballot box,” said Leave.EU Chairman Arron Banks in a letter to voters in Hammond’s constituency.

There is no automatic means for voters to get rid of their local member of parliament outside of an election period, and Britain is not scheduled to hold another vote until 2022.

But Leave.EU called on their supporters to pressure the local Conservative Party not to select him as their candidate at the next election. The group has also targeted interior minister Amber Rudd, who only won her seat by a slim majority in June.

There was no immediate comment available from the Treasury or Hammond’s local office.

Many pro-Brexit voters sense the government is going soft on the decision to leave the EU. They reject calls for a lengthy transition period and demand that tighter immigration controls are brought in as soon as possible.

“Time for the people to strike back and remind the elite of the referendum,” Leave.EU said in a statement.

(Reporting by William James; editing by Michael Holden)

UK ministers to release Brexit position papers amid criticism

August 13, 2017

UK government ministers are to publish new papers setting out their aims for Brexit talks. Fourteen months after the referendum, there has been little progress in talks on the terms for the UK’s exit from the bloc.

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Last month, European Union officials trying to negotiate with the UK over Britain’s departure from the bloc complained that progress was difficult because of Britain’s unacceptable demands and a lack of any position on many issues.

The UK Department for Exiting the European Union said Sunday it hoped to persuade the 27 other EU nations to start negotiating a “deep and special” future relationship to include a free trade deal between Britain and the EU.

But Brussels negotiators have insisted there are three issues to be sorted before a new relationship can be discussed. The first is how much money the UK 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 EU nationals living in the UK.

Estimates of how much Britain will have to pay to fulfill its obligations from the period of its membership until March 2019 are in the tens of billions of euros range but estimates vary widely among EU and UK politicians and economists.

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Clarity required

“Businesses and citizens in the UK and EU want to see the talks progress and move towards discussing a deal that works for both sides,” the department said in a statement. “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 told UK newspapers and news agencies.

The announcement appeared to be an attempt to mask over an apparent lack of unity within the ruling Conservative party on how to proceed with the Brexit.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, the remain-backing Finance Minister Philip Hammond and the Eurosceptic Trade Minister Liam Fox said Britain would leave the EU in March 2019, there would be a short “interim period” to smooth the transition during which Britain would not be party to EU treaties and after that Britain would become fully independent.

The UK would seek a close partnership with Europe on “security, trade and commerce” the ministers wrote. However, there was no indication as to the length of the transition and the overall costs.

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Next meeting, new papers

Brexit Secretary David Davis is to hold a third round of talks with the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Brussels at the end of the month. Barnier has expressed concern that the first two rounds have failed to produce clarity on the key issues and that there was “a clock ticking” toward the date in 2019 when Britain would be out of the bloc.

The UK government said it was preparing several papers, including plans for a new customs arrangement and for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The British ministers also promised a series of papers on their ideas for a “Future Partnership” with the EU to be presented in the run-up to October’s European Council.

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Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call

August 13, 2017

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Philip Hammond and Liam Fox have previously held opposing views on the Brexit process. Reuters photo

The UK will need a transition period to help businesses adjust after Brexit, the chancellor and the international trade secretary have said.

In a joint Sunday Telegraph article, Philip Hammond and Liam Fox stressed any deal would not be indefinite or a “back door” to staying in the EU.

Their comments are being seen as an attempt to show unity between rival sides in Theresa May’s cabinet.

It comes as ministers start to set out their detailed aims for Brexit.

A series of papers are being published, including one this week covering what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after the UK has left the EU.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Hammond and Mr Fox said the UK definitely will leave both the customs union and the single market when it exits the EU in March 2019.

They said a “time-limited” transition period would “further our national interest and give business greater certainty” – but warned it would not stop Brexit.

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“We are both clear that during this period the UK will be outside the single market and outside the customs union and will be a ‘third-country’ not party to EU treaties,” they said. Reuters photo

They said the UK’s borders “must continue to operate smoothly”, that goods bought on the internet “must still cross borders”, and “businesses must still be able to supply their customers across the EU” in the weeks and months after Brexit.

The two leading politicians said the government wanted to ensure “there will not be a cliff-edge when we leave the EU”.

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BBC political correspondent Ben Wright said Mr Hammond – who is seen to favour a “softer” approach to Brexit – and Mr Fox, one of the most prominent pro-Brexit ministers, had “previously appeared at loggerheads” over the government’s strategy on leaving the EU.

Mr Hammond has raised the prospect of a Brexit deal that saw little immediate change on issues such as immigration – something Brexiteers have rejected.

But our correspondent said their article was an attempt to “prove cabinet unity on Brexit”.

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David Miliband said Brexit was an “unparalleled act of economic self-harm”  GETTY IMAGES

Meanwhile, former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband has called for politicians on all sides to unite to fight back against the “worst consequences” of Brexit.

He described the outcome of last year’s referendum as an “unparalleled act of economic self-harm”.

Writing in the Observer, he said: “People say we must respect the referendum. We should. But democracy did not end on June 23, 2016.

“The referendum will be no excuse if the country is driven off a cliff.”

Negotiations between Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU officials are set to resume at the end of this month.

Mr Davis said the publication of the papers outlining the government’s aims for Brexit would mark “an important next step” towards delivering the referendum vote to leave the EU.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-40914604

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Britain will not stay in EU by the back door, Philip Hammond and Liam Fox jointly declare

 
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Dr Fox, the International Trade Secretary, bury the hatchet with a joint pledge that there will be a fixed transition period after leaving the EU.  CREDIT:REUTERS

Britain will not stay in the European Union by the “backdoor” and will completely leave the single market and customs union after Brexit in 2019, Philip Hammond and Liam Fox have declared.

After a summer of bitter Cabinet infighting, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Dr Fox, the International Trade Secretary, appear to bury the hatchet with a joint pledge that there will be a fixed transition period after leaving the EU.

In an article written for the Telegraph, the ministers – representing the Remain and Leave wings of the Tory party –  say this will be “time limited” and designed to avoid a “cliff edge” that could damage British business.

Although they do not say how long this period will last, it will not represent an attempt to stay in the EU indefinitely, they say.

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Dr Fox, the International Trade Secretary, has made a joint pledge with Philip Hammond that there will be a fixed transition period after leaving the EU.  CREDIT: AP

Theresa May, who returns to work after her walking holiday this week, will be hoping that the declaration of resolve by…

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UK PM’s Office Says Free Movement From EU Will End in 2019

July 31, 2017

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May’s office says free movement to Britain from European Union countries will end when the U.K. leaves the bloc in March 2019, but it’s uncertain what migration arrangements will look like after that.

Spokesman James Slack said Monday that “other elements of the post-Brexit immigration system will be brought forward in due course.”

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May’s government is divided over Brexit, and ministers have been sending mixed signals.

Last week Treasury chief Philip Hammond said Britain will abide by some EU rules for up to three years post-2019, suggesting some form of continued free movement to help businesses avoid a “cliff edge.”

But Trade Secretary Liam Fox says the Cabinet has not agreed a position on immigration policy after Brexit.

Boris Johnson and Liam Fox ‘out of loop’ on EU migrants as Cabinet rift deepens — “No consensus on what Brexit will look like.”

July 31, 2017

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Boris Johnson and Liam Fox appear to have been “kept in the dark” about an announcement that European Union citizens will be allowed to continue to come to the UK after Brexit, amid a growing Cabinet row.

Last week, Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans that suggest the existing immigration regime will remain largely unchanged during a transitional period of up to three years after Brexit.

Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, subsequently said on Friday that there would be a “business as usual” period before new rules on migration and trade were gradually introduced.

Ms Rudd and Mr Hammond, who both backed the Remain campaign during the EU referendum, made the announcements while Dr Fox and Mr Johnson, leading figures in the Leave campaign, were abroad.

In an interview, Dr Fox, the International Trade Secretary, denied that the Cabinet had reached a consensus that unregulated free movement…

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