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Hammond and Fox vow transition will be no 'back door' to EU

Hammond and Fox vow transition will be no 'back door' to EU

The Chancellor and International Trade Secretary wrote a joint article in the Sunday Telegraph underlining that any post-Brexit transition would not be a "back door" to remain in the EU.

"The DUP has been discussing these matters with the government for some time and we support the concept of maintaining a common travel area between the United Kingdom and Irish Republic and share the government's view that modern technology can help with monitoring the movement of goods across the border in the event of the UK reaching a new free trade and customs agreement with the European Union", he said. He said that two members of Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet have contacted him to express support. The two leading politicians said the government wanted to ensure "there will not be a cliff-edge when we leave the EU".

After weeks of cabinet infighting and damaging headlines, Hammond - accused by Brexit hardliners of trying to water down attempts to break free of the European Union after Brexit - and hard Brexit advocate Fox appeared to have reconciled their differences in a joint article for the Sunday Telegraph.

"We need to get on with negotiating the bigger issues around our future partnership to ensure we get a deal that delivers a strong United Kingdom and EU", Brexit minister David Davis said in a statement, according to Reuters.

"We will leave the single market, because there was a vote for change on 23 June and that is what we will deliver".

In what seems as an effort to lessen those fears, the ministers write: "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 European Union". It comes as ministers start to set out their detailed aims for Brexit.

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This week we're expecting to find out the UK Government's position on the border.

"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".

"Nobody voted to be poorer previous year but that is exactly what will happen if the Government continues to put Eurosceptic dogma ahead of the national interest". We should. But democracy did not end on June 23 previous year.

"Pulling Britain out of the single market and the customs union in 2019 will drive our economy over a cliff edge, putting jobs and family finances at risk", he said.

That will come alongside other documents setting out how Britain's involvement in the customs union with other EU countries this week.