Last updated: May 23, 2018

Brexit interim deal ‘only if necessary’: minister

Britain's divorce from the EU could involve a transition arrangement "if necessary", but a deal should be possible in 18 months, says Brexit minister David DavisBritain's divorce from the European Union could be implemented gradually, but the terms of the break-up should be agreed within 18 months, Brexit minister David Davis said Wednesday. Finance Minister Philip Hammond has said a "transitional" arrangement could be "helpful" in cushioning the Brexit process, but Davis said it should only be used to smooth the application of a final agreement, not as a staging post in negotiations. Davis told parliament's Exiting the European Union Committee: "The British people want this done with some degree of expedition.

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