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Government releases new Brexit papers in hope of early trade talks

Government releases new Brexit papers in hope of early trade talks

Meanwhile, Crawford Falconer, the Government's new chief trade negotiation adviser, said the trade deals Britain could strike after Brexit would help boost global security.

Responding to the publication of two policy papers, a spokesman for the European Commission, the EU's executive body, said Brussels "takes note" of London's "preferences", before specifying that the British objective of retaining "frictionless trade" outside current EU membership "is not possible".

In the Government's customs paper, which can be seen here, commitments have been made to explore a Customs Union for the interim period between the United Kingdom leaving the EU in March 2019; with a new trade relationship between the United Kingdom and EU coming into place after this period.

In fact, the paper concerning "goods on the market" drew praise from British businesses concerned their products will lose regulatory approval the day after Brexit even if they run off the same production line as those shipped on the day the United Kingdom departs.

To develop our relationship over time as our societies and laws develop.

Britain repeated its intention to leave the "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice, but said the government understood that future civil judicial cooperation would need to take into account "regional legal arrangements", such as the ECJ.

"With more and more families living across borders, we need to make absolutely sure that if and when problems arise, they can be reassured that cross-border laws will apply to them in a fair and sensible way", the department said.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Brexit talks can only move forward if sufficient progress is made before October, writes Daniel McConnell.

However, there is a significant gap between the plan and the EU's current position, which is that products approved to Brussels standards by United Kingdom regulators before Brexit may not be legal for sale after Britain leaves without further certification.

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Ministers published their latest position paper on the issue, setting out what it described as a "fair and sensible" stance on allowing United Kingdom citizens to resolve legal disputes with parties in European Union member states.

However, the director of campaigns at the CBI John Foster has made clear that the British industry prefers the United Kingdom "to stay in the single market and a customs union until a comprehensive new deal is in force".

The government is apparently confident that a number of disputes surrounding the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will be resolved.

"Not only must they be the same but there must be consistent policing of those rules".

This comes despite constant warnings from ministers that leaving the European Union without an agreement would negatively affect both British companies and consumers.

"No clarity has been given over which court will resolve disputes and how this will work in practice", he said.

The paper represents a significant climbdown from Prime Minister May who has for months pledged to use Brexit as a means of cutting Britain off from the influence of judges in all European courts.

Baudenbacher made a similar case in June, when he told The Daily Express: "The Efta Court is a fully independent court, there are no links to the ECJ".

"The government will end up taking back control from one court and immediately handing it to another - which is hardly what millions of people had in mind when they voted for Brexit".