13 August, 2017
Negotiations between Britain and the European Union, which began in late June, have so far produced no concrete results, and Brussels has asked London to provide a clear position on key Brexit issues by the end of August.
In a joint "Sunday Telegraph" article, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond and global trade minister Liam Fox the two key ministers believed to be on opposing ends of Britain's future outside the EU - also said that the UK will not remain in the customs union during the transitional period.
U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Trade Secretary Liam Fox made a joint declaration that calling for a transition period after Brexit isn't a way for Britain to stay in the European Union "through the back door", as they confirmed the U.K. will leave the customs union and the single market.
Britain is keen to start talking about its post-Brexit relationship with Europe, wary of the need to reassure anxious businesses, citizens and investors.
Negotiations between Brexit Secretary David Davis and European Union officials are set to resume at the end of this month.
A source close to Mr Davis said the papers would highlight the British teams were "on the front foot" in the negotiations.
The Government will hope the position papers will convince the EU Commission that it does have a coherent plan, when the exit talks resume at the end of this month.
In July, EU officials said progress was hard not because Britain had unacceptable demands, but because it had no position at all on many issues.
A British paper focused on "issues unique to Northern Ireland and Ireland" is expected ahead of the talks, but no further details of the proposal were provided on Sunday.
The British government has said it will give more details about its policies on Brexit next week.
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 between the United Kingdom and the EU, including the UK's proposals for a new customs arrangement with the bloc.
Another paper will set out how to ensure "continuity in the availability of goods", addressing the vexed issue of future customs arrangements.
Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the Brexit process on March 29 and divorce negotiations officially began on June 19.
Some still dispute her approach, with former foreign minister for the now-opposition Labour party David Miliband and pro-EU Conservative MP Anna Soubry warning in Sunday newspapers of the economic "self-harm" of leaving the single market.