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13 August 2017, 07:53 | Lena Norman
UK ministers to release Brexit position papers amid criticism
Chancellor Philip Hammond, a strong Remain campaigner, and Trade Secretary Liam Fox, a leading Brexiteer, put on a display of unity with a joint pledge that echoes Theresa May's oft-repeated remark that "Brexit means Brexit".
Writing in The Observer, he said the country should have the chance to vote on any Brexit deal in a second referendum with a straight choice between remaining in the European Union and the negotiated alternative.
Among the details is one covering the hard issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland once Britain leaves the EU. The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, warned EU ambassadors last month that the lack of progress meant talks on the future relationship with the United Kingdom, including a free-trade agreement, may not be possible by the next leader's summit in October, and may have to extended.
The survey which will hand Theresa May a huge boost grilled respondents over a series of conditions imposed on Britain as a result of being in the bloc, rather than being asked simply whether they support European Union membership or not. The two sides will be looking for a solution to those issues at the next round of talks due at the end of this month. The EU has warned that an already-tight timetable could be delayed ahead of a scheduled March 2019 exit.
The decision to announce the publications indicates Britain's desire to counter criticism from Brussels about its approach to the talks.
The documents - setting out proposals for Northern Ireland and the border with Ireland, continuity on the availability of goods and confidentiality, and access to official documents after Brexit - will seek to prove the U.K.is ready for talks to advance to the next stage, according to the statement.
A British paper focused on "issues unique to Northern Ireland and Ireland" is expected ahead of the talks, but no further details of the proposal were provided on Sunday. The Brexit department declined to comment on the story.
This week we're expecting to find out the UK Government's position on the border. The first of these will set out proposals for a new customs agreement, it said.
Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, but did not trigger the formal two-year exit process until March.
The UK will leave the Customs Union and Single Market they said, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, but there will be a "time-limited" transition period with the aim of helping business adjust and to avoid a "cliff-edge".
Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet that the article was the "right way forward" and would "create certainty and a great new European relationship".
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