Foreign secretary urges for two-year implementation period to be kept short, so Britain can strike new trade deals, in provocative thinktank meeting

Boris Johnson has called for a swift end to any transition phase with Europe, in the latest in a series of provocative challenges to Downing Street’s Brexit strategy.

Speaking at the Foreign Office launch of the privately financed Institute for Free Trade, the foreign secretary urged that the two-year implementation period announced by Theresa May last week be kept short so that Britain was free to strike new trade deals with other countries.

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