Speaking on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show, Fox said a transition deal of two years, or slightly more or less, was necessary to make sure business can make investment decisions with certainty of Britain's future relationship with the EU.
"I want to leave the European Union at the end of March 2019. Now once we have done that, once we have fulfilled our promise to the British people, we can look to see what we are going to do in terms of making that a smooth transition," he said.
He said planning for a transitional period of 24 months "whether that's 23 whether that's 25 is not a huge deal" after waiting more than 40 years to leave the European Union, but it had to be limited in scope and Britain must know its terms.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Toby Chopra)
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