United Kingdom ministers pledge business as usual with European Union during Brexit transition

But even with both sides mostly in agreement over the transition period bar a few questions over citizens rights and trade agreements, May faces criticism by Brexit campaigners for bowing to European Union demands and accepting the status quo.

On the "hard Brexit" side, the European Research Group consisting of about 60 pro-Leave Conservative deputies has said staying in the Customs Union would make the United Kingdom "a vassal state" of the EU during the transition period.

Tensions are rising as the other 27 European Union countries prepare to approve guidelines next week for talks on the terms of a two-year transition period requested by Britain after Brexit.

One EU official told The Times: "It is going to take years, at best three, more realistically five".

"The characterization of this as a great shoot-out at the OK Corral of constitutional confrontation is wrong", said Hannay, who was also a senior adviser to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during her negotiations for a rebate on Britain's budgetary contributions in the 1980s.

May's Downing Street office agreed.

"If somebody said, go back into the Paris accord, it would have to be a completely different deal because we had a disgusting deal", Trump said.

Sources say at that point, the European Union negotiating team, led by Michel Barnier, will be ready to receive Davis and his officials for formal negotiations on what will happen after Britain breaks with Brussels in March 2019.

But UK will not have any say over these rules.

In London, Brexit Secretary David Davis played down the impact on Britain's status during the 21-month transition, saying that it's "not exactly the same as membership - but it's very, very similar".

The largely pro-EU House of Lords, which will start debating the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on Tuesday, have made no secret of their opposition to the legislation which they say amounts to little more than a power grab by the government.

"We have to use our time and energy not in shaping the transition, but in shaping the future relationship".

But Ekaterina Zakharieva, the deputy prime minister of Bulgaria, which is now chairing the European Council, said at a press conference in Brussels that there was "flexibility" in the length of the period.

The EU is pushing to ensure free movement of EU citizens in Britain until the end of the transition period instead of the date of Britain's withdrawal from the bloc, which had been agreed to by EU and British negotiators in December.

What are the transition talks likely to focus on?

With risky rifts emerging openly among May's government, Davis and other top ministers tried to show a united front at the weekend with a joint letter insisting the transition was the best solution.

Leading Brexit-supporting Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg warned last week that such a situation would leave Britain as a "vassal state" of the EU.

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