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Britain's FM says 'growth and jobs' Brexit priority

His call to prioritise the economy will be interpreted in London as a call for close links

AFP | PTI  |  Luxembourg 

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British Finance Minister said on Friday must prioritise in talks with the EU that begin next week in Brussels.

"My clear view and I believe the view of the majority of people in Great is we should be protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity," Chancellor of the Exchequer Hammond said as he arrived for regular talks with his EU counterparts in Luxembourg.

"I can confirm as we enter negotiations next week we will do so in a spirit of sincere cooperation, taking a pragmatic approach, trying to find a solution that works for the UK and the EU 27," he said, referring to the bloc's remaining 27 members.

and the European Union will start less than two years of negotiations on Monday despite Prime Minister still short of confirming her minority government following her election fiasco.

May's ruling Conservative party is split more than ever between an anti-EU wing that seeks a radical break from the bloc, and moderates who insist on maintaining close trade ties with

Hammond is widely perceived to be a moderate and his call to prioritise the will be interpreted in as a call for close links and appeased relations with the EU after

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