UK Seeks to Convince EU It's Ready to Advance Brexit Talks

Marsha Scott
August 14, 2017

The paper says that a "formal position paper to be published next week by the government" which will state that ministers are sticking with plans for a "light touch" customs border.

Brussels has refused to start talks on a post-Brexit relationship with London until the immediate issues of Britain's withdrawal، including its "divorce bill،" have been settled.

British Finance Minister Philip Hammond and Trade Minister Liam Fox both told the European Union that there should be a time-bound transition period.

The British government is fighting back against criticism that it is divided and unprepared for Brexit, announcing it will publish a set of detailed proposals on customs arrangements, the status of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border and other issues.

"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".

"By triggering Article 50 in March of this year we leave in March 2019, what the transition period will look like is down to the negotiations", he said during a surprise appearance at Alex Salmond's show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Is the Government planning a 'soft border' for Ireland post-Brexit
Image This border point has been made particularly soft by the addition of cushions

With Ms May due to return from her summer holiday, the article appeared created to end party feuding as well as ongoing speculation that the United Kingdom might somehow be able to salvage membership of the single market through negotiations with the EU.

Prime Minister Theresa May will hope the intervention of the two ministers will cool temperatures in the Tory ranks amid divisions over Brexit and speculation of a possible leadership challenge when MPs return to Westminster in September.

Former top British diplomat Simon Fraser said last week the government needed to put forward a clearer position in order to move forward with the Brexit talks.

The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported last week, citing three unnamed sources, Britain is willing to pay up to 40 billion euros ($47.1 billion) to the European Union as the bloc wants considerable progress on settling Britain's liabilities before Brexit talks resume. But the British government rejected the report.

"Nobody voted to be poorer a year ago but that is exactly what will happen if the Government continues to put Eurosceptic dogma ahead of the national interest".

Brexit Secretary David Davis was warned by an European Union chief last night that he would be putting the security of British people at risk if he pulled out of pan-European crime-fighting agreements.

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