By Tom BowerThe UK government’s Brexit campaign has been running out of time, but its new chief Brexit negotiator, Matthew Hancock, seems determined to hold the line against any attempt to renegotiate the terms of the UKs departure from the European Union.
He said this week the government was not planning to make a deal with Brussels on a transitional arrangement that would give the UK a fresh start after two years of uncertainty.
Instead, he told a meeting of the Government and Union of British Industry (GUTI) that the government’s negotiating objectives had been set by the UK, and would be maintained in that position.
Mr Hancock also said the government would not make any deal on a transition deal before the end of 2021, saying the government did not think it was the right time to make any such move.
However, he said the UK government was committed to taking a new approach to the UK leaving the EU, and that there were a number of areas that could be covered in detail by the next government.
He added that there was no immediate plan to bring forward the timetable for negotiations on a new transition arrangement, but said he hoped to have that agreed by the end on February.
The UK and the EU agreed on the need to set a new agreement for the UK to leave the EU in 2019.
Under that agreement, the UK would have to abide by a series of rules that would ensure that it did not violate EU law, such as the EU’s Schengen rules.
But the UK is not bound by those rules, and the UK has refused to take part in any such talks, so the EU has to use a different approach to negotiate a new deal with the United Kingdom.
It also said it could not negotiate a “one size fits all” solution for Brexit.
Mr Cameron said the new government would set out the new approach on the basis of its “unwavering support” for EU laws and institutions, and said the EU would be allowed to decide which of its member states should be free to leave.
Mr Obama said the U.K. would leave the European Economic Area, the customs union and the single market, and join the World Trade Organization, but the United States would remain a strong advocate for free trade and the free movement of goods and people.
“This is the time for the United State to set out a new vision of the future of our union and to build a more dynamic, prosperous, and prosperous country for the many and not the few,” he said.
The United Kingdom is due to leave on March 29, 2019, but it will take up to two years to negotiate the terms and conditions of its departure.