Hammond: No singular marketplace in transition deal


The Chancellor insisted the UK will be quitting the singular marketplace – and thereby finale free transformation emigration manners – at the same time as the country leaves the EU in Mar 2019.

His avowal comes on the back of claims by distinguished Labour MP Stephen Kinnock he has had “positive conversations” with Tory MPs about forcing the Government to keep Britain in the singular marketplace for a time-limited period.

Despite tensions at the top of Government, Mr Hammond claimed the “great majority” of his Cabinet colleagues now determine with his perspective a transitory arrangement with the EU is “the right and essential way to go both in the UK and the EU”.

But, forward of Brexit Secretary David Davis travelling to Brussels on Monday for the next turn of exit negotiations, Mr Hammond denied Britain would sojourn in the singular marketplace under a proxy deal.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond

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“We would not be members of the singular marketplace since we would leave the singular marketplace when we left the EU on 29 March, 2019,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr.

“That is fixed, we don’t consider anybody is suggesting we should change that.”

The Chancellor suggested a transitory arrangement could last “a couple of years” but described the length of any such understanding as a “technical question” – contingent on Britain putting in place new etiquette systems and emigration systems that “can’t be magicked up overnight”.

He said: “We have got to do this in a way that meets the concerns and mandate of both people who wish a softer chronicle of Brexit and those who campaigned tough to leave the EU.

“I consider many people are peaceful to accept a transition so prolonged as it’s of a singular generation in sequence to equivocate a tough landing.”

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox voiced his wish he will be allowed to negotiate trade deals with non-EU countries during a transitory period, but certified such a right would have to be “negotiated” with the EU during Brexit talks.

Rebecca Long-Bailey
Rebecca Long-Bailey pronounced Labour wants to ‘have the cake and eat it’

“I’d wish we’d be means to do that and we wish that’s one of the conditions we would set,” he said.

Labour left open the probability of Britain remaining in the singular marketplace even over a transitory arrangement.

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey said: “We have got to honour the outcome of the referendum, we have got to honour the will of the people in terms of having larger control over the laws, larger control over the borders.

“If we could negotiate an agreement on remaining in the singular marketplace that dealt with all of those issues, then that would be fantastic.”

The Labour frontbencher also claimed the party wish to “have the cake and eat it” by being means to sign free trade deals around the universe while maintaining the advantages of being in the EU’s Customs Union.

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