1. SOUNDBITE (English) David Davis, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union:
"The first thing to understand is what this is about. This is about setting out our stall for the forward position, the ongoing position in relationship to Europe. And there are two bits of that. One is, the ongoing easy customs arrangements - customs arrangements that allow the sale of goods into European Union but also from them to us without restriction. The interim period, where we get to it because it will take a bit of time to get the structures in place, will be a bit like the customs union now but it will not be the customs union, we won't be a member of the single European Union. And we will want to go out and strike our trade deals, not bring them into effect because that would give scope for, sort of, tunneling into Europe as it were from outside, we wouldn't do that, but we see no reason why we will not be able to actually strike the deals in this interim period."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) David Davis, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union:
"Well, the absolute maximum, it's got to be done before the next general election. It more likely, but it will depend on a number of things - how long it will actually practically require, it will be a practical question, and also a negotiating question.
(Reporter question: Can you give an earliest and latest year?)
"I would guess something like two years or less, something of that order."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Davis, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union:
"It's not a question of payment, they are actually selling us 290 Billion (Euros worth of goods), we're selling them 230 Billion (Euros worth of goods) a year. It's in their interest. BMW do not want to have to have a customs border that is going to slow down their sales or add administrative costs. Siemens are not going to want to do that. The port of Rotterdam is going to want to have an efficient operation, biggest port in Europe, it's going to want to have efficient operations so they've got an interest as well as us."
Britain will seek to remain in a customs union with the European Union for a time to avoid border chaos after leaving the bloc, the government's Brexit Minister said on Tuesday.
David Davis, the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, said there could be an interim period "a bit like the customs union now but it will not be the customs union" to help businesses make the transition to life outside the EU.
Davis said the transition period would likely last about two years.
Some British businesses have accused the government of being vague about whether there will be economic barriers with the EU after Brexit in March 2019.
The persistent uncertainty - 14 months after Britain voted to leave the EU - is weighing on the economy.
Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Treasury chief Philip Hammond wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that in 2019 Britain will leave both the EU's single market in goods and services and its customs union.
The single market ensures tariff-less trade in goods and services and is linked closely by the EU with other rights, such as the right of EU citizens to cross borders.
The customs union allows goods to move within the EU without checks, but also imposes tariffs on imports from outside the EU.
That would prevent Britain striking new free trade deals while it remains inside the arrangement.
The British proposal says the UK should be free to negotiate new trade relationships during the transition period, something EU officials are likely to find problematic.
EU officials say Britain's stated goal of "frictionless" trade is impossible outside the single market and customs union.
The British government is trying to rebuff claims by EU officials that it is has been under-prepared for divorce negotiations before a new round of talks in Brussels at the end of this month.
The customs proposals are the first in a series of papers covering thorny issues in the negotiations.
Another, on the status of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, is due to be published this week.
The EU says negotiations on its future relations with Britain can't start until sufficient progress has been made on three initial issues: how much money the UK will have to pay to settle its outstanding commitments to the bloc; whether security checks and customs duties will be instituted on the Irish border; and the status of 3 million EU nationals living in Britain.