Hammond, Fox Say Transition Won't Be Back Door to Staying in EU

Paterniano Del Favero
Agosto 13, 2017

U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Trade Secretary Liam Fox made a joint declaration that calling for a transition period after Brexit isn't a way for Britain to stay in the European Union "through the back door", as they confirmed the U.K. will leave the customs union and the single market.

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 EU. And it must ensure a smooth and predictable pathway for businesses and citizens alike. There will be a short "interim period" to smooth the transition, in which Britain will not be party to European Union treaties, and after that, the United Kingdom will become a fully independent country that seeks close partnership with Europe on "security, trade and commerce".

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

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.

Mr Hammond and Mr Fox write: We will leave the customs union and be free to negotiate the best trade deals around the world as an independent, open, trading nation.

He described the outcome of last year's referendum as an "unparalleled act of economic self-harm".

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

The new detailed proposals come as Mr 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 the 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.

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