Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call


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Philip Hammond and Liam Fox have previously held opposing views on the Brexit process
The UK will need a transition period to help businesses adjust after Brexit, the chancellor and the international trade secretary have said.
In a joint Sunday Telegraph article , Philip Hammond and Liam Fox stressed any deal would not be indefinite or a “back door” to staying in the EU.
Their comments are being seen as an attempt to show unity between rival sides in Theresa May’s cabinet.
It comes as ministers start to set out their detailed aims for Brexit.
They said a “time-limited” transition period would “further our national interest and give business greater certainty” – but warned it would not stop Brexit.
BBC political correspondent Ben Wright said Mr Hammond – who is seen to favour a “softer” approach to Brexit – and Mr Fox, one of the most prominent pro-Brexit ministers, had “previously appeared at loggerheads” over the government’s strategy on leaving the EU.
Mr Hammond has raised the prospect of a Brexit deal that saw little immediate change on issues such as immigration – something Brexiteers have rejected.
But our correspondent said their article was an attempt to “prove cabinet unity on Brexit”.
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David Miliband said Brexit was an “unparalleled act of economic self-harm”
Meanwhile, former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband has called for politicians on all sides to unite to fight back against the “worst consequences” of Brexit.
Negotiations between Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU officials are set to resume at the end of this month.
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