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UK govt needs phased Brexit: Finance minister Philip Hammond

UK Finance Minister Hammond is seen as the voice of 'soft Brexit' within PM Theresa May's cabinet

Kylie MacLellan | Reuters  |  London 

Senior members of the government are becoming convinced of the need for a phased British departure from the European Union to help protect the economy, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday. Brexit minister David Davis heads to Brussels on Monday for a first full round of talks, with EU officials hoping the British government, yet to set out detailed proposals on several major issues, begins to show more urgency about doing a deal before Britain leaves the bloc in 2019. Hammond, who supported remaining in the EU at last year's referendum, is seen as the voice of a ...

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 01:38 IST