UK Expected To Unveil Post-Brexit NI Border Plan This Week


"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.

But in a show of strength after a summer dominated by cabinet splits, Chancellor Philip Hammond and International Development Secretary Liam Fox announced there will be a transitional period when Britain finally leaves the UK.

"But we are also clear that during this period our borders must continue to operate smoothly; goods bought on the internet must still cross borders; businesses must still be able to supply their customers across the European Union and our innovative, world-leading companies must be able to hire the talent they need, including from within the EU".

British ministers are to publish a new series of detailed papers setting out their aims for the Brexit talks amid criticism about a lack of clarity on the government's negotiating position.

"That is why 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 EU", Mr Hammond and Mr Fox wrote.

The first set of papers will include one covering the thorny issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The push comes after European Union officials expressed impatience with the pace of Britain's preparations.

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Mr Miliband said he respected last year's referendum result, but also maintained "democracy did not end on 23 June 2016".

Free movement for Irish citizens in and out of Britain is expected to continue after Brexit, with the establishment of a Schengen-style area between Ireland and Britain created to resolve the border problem.

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.

Mr Davis is due to embark on a third round of Brexit talks with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in the Belgian capital at the end of August.

On his first official visit to Northern Ireland earlier this month, the Taoiseach even put forward his own suggestions for a "soft Brexit" - including the possibility of creating a new EU-UK customs union.

Prime Minister Theresa May then called a snap election in an attempt to increase her Conservative Party's majority in Parliament and strengthen her negotiating hand.

James Chapman, a former top aide to Brexit Secretary David Davis, has become an outspoken critic of Britain's looming departure from the 28-nation bloc.