British ministers: Brexit transition period "will be important" for businesses

British ministers: Brexit transition period

But Brussels has insisted that progress must be made on divorce arrangements first.

The Chancellor Philip Hammond and the International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, write that the transition period is created to avoid a so-called "cliff-edge" - but their comments in the Sunday Telegraph don't reveal how long this period will last.

Writing in the Brexit-backing Telegraph, the ministers said there would be a "transition period" if the United Kingdom leaves the 28-country block as expected in March, 2019, to avoid an economic "cliff edge" which many businesses and economists fear.

The government will this week publish the first of three discussion papers ahead of the next round of negotiations, scheduled to start August 28 in Brussels, Brexit Secretary David Davis's office said in a statement on Sunday.

"We've been crystal clear that issues around our withdrawal and our future partnership are inextricably linked", a source in Britain's Brexit department said.

Talks so far have focused on how much Britain should pay to leave the European Union, what rights British and European Union citizens will have, and how to manage a land border to the bloc in Ireland.

The decision to announce the publication of papers on its plans indicates Britain's desire to counter criticism from Brussels about its approach to the talks.

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One of the papers will focus on the future border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland، amid fears in Dublin that a return to a "hard" border could lead to economic losses and stall the peace process in Northern Ireland. The Brexit department declined to comment on the story.

During their second round of talks held in July, the European Union and UK Brexit teams failed to reach an agreement on 22 of the 44 issues under negotiation.

Free movement for Irish citizens in and out of Britain is expected to continue after Brexit, with the establishment of a Schengen-style area between Ireland and Britain created to resolve the border problem.

Separate papers would also address "Continuity in the availability of goods for the European Union and the UK" and " Confidentiality and access to official documents", the Brexit department said. The first will be a proposal for new customs arrangements.

"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", Hammond and Fox wrote in a joint article for the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

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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