David Davis, the Brexit secretary, this week put forward the UK’s proposals for leaving the EU. The plans include a transitional period of up to three years that allows Britain to retain current trading arrangements while negotiating new deals with other countries.
As well as attempting to avoid a “ cliff-edge” departure, the move sees Britain upping the pace on the talks, which aim to establish future customs ties and trading relations with the bloc, as well as discussions on longer-term issues.
The position papers also propose an invisible border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with no “physical infrastructure”, effectively conceding that EU citizens will be allowed to visit Britain without a visa. The Irish foreign minister said the paper “badly needed clarity”.
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