The chancellor Philip Hammond and global trade secretary Liam Fox - prominent Remain and Leave advocates respectively - have jointly confirmed there will be a transition period after leaving the European Union and that the country will leave the single market and customs union. He said that two members of Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet have contacted him to express support.
After a summer of cabinet funding, the pair agreed there should not be a cliff-edge break when Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019.
"By triggering Article 50 in March of this year we leave in March 2019, what the transition period will look like is down to the negotiations", he said during a surprise appearance at Alex Salmond's show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
"Once the interim period is over, we want a permanent, treaty-based arrangement between the United Kingdom and the EU which supports the closest possible relationship with the European Union, retaining close ties of security, trade and commerce".
They said the UK's borders "must continue to operate smoothly", that goods bought on the Internet "must still cross borders", and "businesses must still be able to supply their customers across the EU" in the weeks and months after Brexit.
In what seems as an effort to lessen those fears, the ministers write: "We believe a time-limited interim period will be important to further our national interest and give business greater certainty - but it can not be indefinite; it can not be a back door to staying in the European Union".
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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP said the DUP welcomed the government's position paper on the post-Brexit arrangements for the border with the Republic.
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.
"We've been crystal clear that issues around our withdrawal and our future partnership are inextricably linked, and the negotiations so far have reinforced that view".
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The documents - setting out proposals for Northern Ireland and the border with Ireland, continuity on the availability of goods and confidentiality, and access to official documents after Brexit - will seek to prove the U.K.is ready for talks to advance to the next stage, according to the statement.
"Pulling Britain out of the single market and the customs union in 2019 will drive our economy over a cliff edge, putting jobs and family finances at risk", he said.