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>> Britain needs a transition period to soften its exit from the European Union but it cannot be used to stop Brexit, two senior ministers said on Sunday. Signalling a truce between rival factions in Prime Minister Theresa Mays' cabinet. Mays' Brexit strategy has been a subject of open debate among her top team, ever since a botched June election.
Which weakened her authority and exposed differences of opinion over how Britain should manage its departure from the block. However, the pro-European Finance Minister, Phillip Hammond, and ardent Brexiteer Trade Minister Liam Fox, looked to end the debate. By setting out a joint position, as Britain said it was ready to push on with Brexit talks.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph Newspaper, Hammond and Fox said talks must not be a back door to staying in the EU. While reassuring the public the government's strategy was not being watered down and Britain would leave on schedule, albeit with a transition period. Opening rounds of dialogue with Brussels have so far made little headway.
With EU negotiations demanding greater clarity from the British delegation. They've warned that an already tight time table could be delayed ahead of a scheduled March 2019 exit. In July, EU officials said progress was difficult, not because Britain had unacceptable demands, but because it had no position at all on many issues.
The next round of talks is due at the end of the month. With both sides looking for progress towards a solution to three of Brexit's thorniest problems. How much Britain should pay to leave, what rights British and the EU citizens will have and Ireland's border control. On Sunday, Britain said it was preparing to publish several papers laying out plans, indicating a desire to counter criticism from Brussels about its approach to the talks.