This photo collage shows Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (left) leaves 11 Downing Street in central London on June 21, 2017 ahead of the State Opening of Parliament, and British Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox delivers remarks on "The Future of UK Trade Policy" at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) July 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. (PAUL J. RICHARDS, Daniel Leal-Olivas, AFP)
LONDON — The British government is fighting back against criticisms that it is divided and unprepared for Brexit, with two Cabinet rivals over Europe issuing a joint statement.
Trade Secretary Liam Fox, a strong supporter of leaving the European Union, and the more pro-EU Treasury chief Philip Hammond, write in the Sunday Telegraph that there will be a "time-limited" transition period after Britain formally leaves the bloc in 2019.
The government also says it plans to publish a set of detailed proposals on customs arrangements and other issues starting this week.
The EU refuses to negotiate the bloc's post-exit relationship with Britain until sufficient progress has been made on three issues, including the size of UK's exit bill.
Britain wants to show progress so the broader negotiations can start by October.