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

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

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

The government plans to issue the first of three discussion papers ahead of the next round of negotiations, scheduled to start 28 August in Brussels, Brexit secretary David Davis's office said in a statement on Sunday.

Over the coming 10 days, a number of Government papers will be published spelling out the UK's Brexit blueprint on key issues including the customs union, the Irish border, fisheries and agriculture.

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.

A second batch of papers, to be released in the run-up to the October meeting of the European Council in Brussels, will look at "future partnership" arrangements, including the UK's proposals for a new customs agreement with the EU.

Britain is struggling with the negotiations, and the pace has sparked concerns that a March 2019 exit deadline will arrive without a deal being reached.

Britain has pronounced details of the future relationship it envisages with the European Union, saying it wants talks with the EU to move on to the next phase.

The chancellor Philip Hammond and worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox - prominent Remain and Leave advocates respectively - have jointly confirmed there will be a transition period after leaving the European Union and that the country will leave the single market and customs union.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the two cabinet members said that "we are both clear" that during the period Britain would be outside the single market and the customs union "and will be a "third country" not party to EU treaties".

However Labour MP Ben Bradshaw, a supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said that without membership of the single market and the customs union, the country would be worse off.

During their second round of talks held in July, the European Union and UK Brexit teams failed to reach an agreement on 22 of the 44 issues under negotiation.

The EU says those negotiations can't start until sufficient progress has been made on three initial issues: how much money the United Kingdom will have to pay to leave the bloc; whether security checks and customs duties will be instituted on the Irish border; and the status of EU nationals living in Britain. The first of these will set out proposals for a new customs agreement, it said.

"These papers show we are ready to broaden out the negotiations".