UK Chancellor says Brexit transition should end by 2022

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis holds a joint news conference with European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier after the round of Brexit talks in Brussels Belgium

The research is just "part of the process" and "not the only thing" the Government will be doing ahead of the introduction of an immigration bill in 2018 to outline post-Brexit policy, the Tory minister said.

Mr Hammond said he was right to say so because freedom of movement was an EU concept and the United Kingdom would leave the customs union and single market on 29 March 2019.

But officials also say the changes, which have huge economic implications, won't happen overnight.

Rudd said during a visit to South Ayrshire in Scotland that an immigration implementation phase would involve new European Union workers registering their details when they come to Britain.

The chancellor confirmed multiple reports over the last week that the cabinet had agreed to seek a transitional period of around three years, ending before the next election due in 2022.

"I could name some examples, but they're so horrendous they'd raise the wrath of my British friends."For the first time, I'm starting to believe that Brexit will not happen".

As the country looks to structure its post-Brexit immigration system, the country's interior minister Amber Rudd says the government needs an accurate picture of European Union labour in the UK.

"We recognise that it will take some time for us to negotiate new trade deals with countries".

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has fired a diplomatic shot across the bow of his United Kingdom counterparts by warning that the pace of talks may not be sufficient to reach a critical milestone in October.

A transitional period after that means the entire process of exiting the bloc could take five years.

Lewis's assurances on Radio 4 may have been calculated to assuage public fears about an impending betrayal, although in a separate article for The Times Red Box he noted that he and Treasury economic secretary Stephen Barclaw are discussing "how, after we leave the European Union, the United Kingdom can still continue to welcome those workers that play such an important role in our economy". We do not envisage moving to that future system in a single step.

"Businesses need clear information to support their existing employees - and to know, right now, who they can hire with confidence over the coming years", commented the British Chamber of Commerce.

"Whilst the Chancellor and the Home Secretary have brought a welcome dose of reality to the Brexit debate, more clarity is still needed about how exactly they plan to avoid the cliff-edge of a hard Brexit, including the details of any transitional arrangement".

"That much became clear when Michael Barnier asked me, 'Do you know how many cats and dogs travel from Dover to Calais every year?"

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