But minister says cabinet braced for longer transitional period to ensure ‘maximum certainty and minimal disruption’

Liam Fox has conceded Britain is likely to seek a transitional deal until 2022 after leaving the European Union, but said the arrangements should not “drag on” until after the next general election.

The international trade secretary has previously said interim arrangements for trade, customs and immigrations should last no longer than “a few months” but said Brexiteers in the cabinet were now prepared for a longer transition.

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