GETTYPhilip Hammond and Liam Fox wrote a joint article for the Sunday Telegraph
In a bid to present a unified front after a summer of Cabinet infighting, the Chancellor and International Trade Secretary said there will be a transitional "time-limited" period designed to avoid a so-called "cliff-edge".
Their article, however, did not specifically outline how long that transitional period may last.
Yet both Cabinet members made clear they would not keep Britain in the single market indefinitely.
Mr Hammond and Dr Fox are representatives of the Remain and Leave wings of the Tory party.Related articles
They wrote: "We will leave the customs union and be free to negotiate the best trade deals around the world as an independent, open, trading nation.
"We will leave the single market, because there was a vote for change on June 23 and that is what we will deliver.
"We want our economy to remain strong and vibrant through this period of change.
"That means businesses need to have confidence that there will not be a cliff-edge when we leave the EU in just over 20 months' time.
GETTYThe UK will completely leave the single market and customs union, said the cabinet members
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