United Kingdom says it will not stay in European Union via 'back door'

Survey reveals Britons want a hard Brexit

"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.

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.

Barnier has maintained that negotiators must make progress on the rights of European Union and British citizens, the border with Ireland and Britain's exit payment before discussing a trade deal, while Prime Minister Theresa May wants an accord before leaving.

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

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.

"Over the summer, we heard that Philip Hammond was courageously fighting off the more extreme Brexiteers".

They also underlined that Britain would operate outside the single market and customs union after Brexit. The rebellion didn't last very long.

The two ministers, who represent the Remain and Leave wings of the Tory party respectively, write that Britain will not stay in the European Union by the "back door". Richard Corbett, the deputy leader of Labour MEPs, said Hammond had "caved in" and that the government was now aiming for the most damaging version of Brexit. Previously he had been downplaying the need for such a lengthy interim stage.

"Once the interim period is over, we want a permanent, treaty-based arrangement between the United Kingdom and the EU which supports the closest possible relationship with the European Union, retaining close ties of security, trade and commerce", Hammond and Fox said.

But they did not explain how these aims would be achieved.

David Davis, the Brexit secretary said the publication of the papers, which will begin this week, would mark "an important next step" towards delivering last year's referendum vote to leave the EU.

But Soubry, who has become the most vocal pro-European among Tory MPs, was careful in her article to avoid saying what would constitute the "hard Brexit" that she could not accept.

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