The plan for Brexit

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The Gov­ern­ment sought to step up the pace of Brexit talks this week by pub­lish­ing the first of a se­ries of po­si­tion pa­pers. Un­der the pro­pos­als, Bri­tain will seek to smooth the exit process by mir­ror­ing its cur­rent ar­range­ments with the EU for up to three years after quit­ting the bloc in March 2019. After this in­terim pe­riod – during which we would ne­go­ti­ate but not im­ple­ment new trade deals with non-EU na­tions – the UK will seek one of two cus­toms ar­range­ments with the EU. Un­der the first, it would use ve­hi­cle-recog­ni­tion soft­ware and other means to stream­line bor­der checks. Un­der the sec­ond, the UK and EU would en­force each other’s cus­toms rules fol­low­ing a new part­ner­ship deal. Lon­don will in­sist in ei­ther case that the Ir­ish bor­der re­mains free of phys­i­cal cus­toms posts. The pub­li­ca­tion of the pa­pers fol­lows weeks of Cabi­net in­fight­ing over Brexit. In a show of unity, Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond and Liam Fox, the In­ter­na­tional Trade Sec­re­tary, wrote a joint ar­ti­cle for The Sun­day Tele­graph, in which they agreed that there should be a tran­si­tion phase to avoid a “cliff-edge” exit from the EU, but that it should be strictly time-lim­ited and not be­come a “back door to stay­ing in”.

Trucks queu­ing at Dover

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