Barnier warns that border checks 'unavoidable' if United Kingdom leaves single market

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In a technical note, the Department for Exiting the European Union says these countries "will have an interest in their continued proper functioning" in the transition period after Brexit in March 2019.

Earlier this week his counterpart, Brexit minister David Davis, criticised Brussels for adding "good faith" clauses to the transition period negotiating mandate. While UK recognizes that the right of free movement of persons will fully apply during the transition period, it does not want to extend those rights to people who arrived during the period.

Joined by Chancellor Phillip Hammond, Business Secretary Greg Clark and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, Mrs May opened the meeting, saying: "As we look to the relationship between the United Kingdom and Japan we see already year-on-year trade between our two countries continues to increase, with Japans's investment in the United Kingdom reaching £46.5 billion in 2016".

Michel Barnier has warned the British government that a Brexit transition period is "not a given".

"I encourage Best for Britain, and all those keen to play their part in the Brexit debate, to be open and honest about what they stand for, whom they represent and by whom they are funded". The EU has warned that Single Market access is out of the question if London decides to restrict the ability of its citizens to live and work in Britain.

"It is perfectly normal to provide for effective implementation mechanism to settle disputes", he said.

In the absence of an alternative, the deal made in December 2017 means Northern Ireland will have to maintain "full regulatory alignment" with the Republic of Ireland.

Yesterday (Feb. 8), Japan's ambassador to the UK, Koji Tsuruoka, told reporters following a meeting between prime minister Theresa May and 19 top Japanese bosses that "if there is no profitability of continuing operations in the UK-not Japanese only-no private company can continue operations".

"Any solution must be precise, clear and unambiguous", explained Barnier.

"It is important to tell the truth", he cautioned. The withdrawal agreement will have to guarantee this. "This means we must start legally defining how the scenario would work in operational terms", he said. According to NPR, recently "Britain has asked for an extension of sorts, a "transition period" to ease out of the European Union without an abrupt impact on businesses".

"It sounded like he more or less asked for a coup d'etat", one European Union diplomat joked.

Britain was expected to sketch in some of the details Friday, but Barnier says the British side canceled the meeting cancelled by the British side because of a scheduling conflict.

After a round of negotiations in Brussels, Michel Barnier said there were "substantial" disagreements over the terms of the two-year grace period that would come into effect on March 2019 to give business time to prepare for the new regime.

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