The British government attempted to give a united stand for the EU exit even amidst mounting criticism that it is unprepared and divided over Brexit. It said that it will reveal the detailed policy for EU exit and two diverging Cabinet members will issue a joint press statement.
Liam Fox the UK Trade Secretary who is a pro-Brexit supporter and Philip Hammond the UK Treasury Chief who is a pro-EU supporter agreed in the Sunday Telegraph that the transitional period after EU exit must be limited. This is required to avert a ‘cliff-edge’ for public and the businesses, added the UK cabinet members, as quoted by the Hindu.
Both Mr. Hammond and Mr. Fox said that the period of transition could not be indefinite. This cannot be a back door stay in the EU. The Ministers, however, did not give any details of the length of the transition period and the applicable rules during the period.
The British government also added that it intended to scale up the pressure on 27 member nations of the EU to begin the actual negotiations. This would be a ‘special and deep’ relationship with the EU inclusive of the free trade deal between the UK and the EU.
The EU, on the other hand, said that these negotiations cannot commence till the time adequate progress is made on three issues – EU exit bill for the British government, the status of 3 million EU nationals residing in the EU and customs duties and security checks at the border with Ireland.
The British government said that it wants to demonstrate that progress has been made on the preliminary issues.
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