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Brexit could take up to SIX YEARS, warns Philip Hammond: Theresa May’s close ally says cutting ourselves free from the EU will take three times longer than expected

  • Foreign Secretary warned over extended timescale after questions from MPs
  • Hammond is tipped as potential Chancellor under Theresa May 
  • Comments come despite Chris Grayling saying we should leave bloc by 2020

The Foreign Secretary, tipped as a potential Chancellor under Theresa May, also warned that it may be difficult to strike bilateral trade deals in the interim.

The comments came despite Chris Grayling, Mrs May’s leadership campaign manager who is expected to get a top job in her government, insisting the UK could be clear of the bloc by 2020.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Hammond – who supported Remain during the referendum battle – was pressed to explain how the UK would remove itself from the Brussels club.

Philip Hammond has highlighted continuing tensions among senior Tories by suggesting the Brexit process could take at least six years to complete

Philip Hammond has highlighted continuing tensions among senior Tories by suggesting the Brexit process could take at least six years to complete


Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond gave his views about the potential length of the Brexit process as he answered questions in the Commons

He suggested finalising a new relationship with the rest of the EU could take four years on top of the two-year negotiation period laid out in Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

‘The concern is this. If a future treaty between the UK and the EU 27 is deemed to be a mixed competence, it will have to be ratified by 27 national parliaments,’ Mr Hammond said.

‘I think I am right in saying the shortest time in which that has been done in any EU treaty is just under four years, and that is after taking into account the time it has taken to negotiate.’

Mr Hammond said the Government’s Brexit negotiation unit would bring together the ‘brightest and best’ from Whitehall and the private sector.

He said ministers are ‘actively seeking’ to recruit trade specialists to help the UK strike the deals it needs for when it has formally left the European Union.

That includes approaching former civil servants who have retired and those who have moved to the private sector.

But it also includes recruiting from around the globe with the caveat that those hired will not be involved in securing deals with the country where they hold citizenship.

Mr Hammond told MPs during Foreign Office questions: ‘We will need to hire significant numbers of trade negotiators.

 ‘I see no reason why we wouldn’t hire people who were non-British if they were the best people to do the job.

‘Clearly one would not want to hire the citizen of another country to negotiate a trade deal with that country.

‘But having entered that caveat I would hope that we would put together the best and most capable teams from wherever.’

Mr Hammond also stressed to the House that until formal divorce proceedings are started with Brussels the UK will only be able to have ‘preliminary discussions’ in terms of exploring new trade opportunities.

‘Our ability of course to negotiate new trade agreements is restricted by the continued application of EU law until we have negotiated our exit from the European Union,’ he said.

‘We have to tread a careful path, of course having preliminary discussions but making sure that we remain on the right side of our international obligations at all times.’

A spokesman for Mrs May said: ‘Civil servants have already been charged with finding a building to house the Brexit department – an indication of Theresa’s commitment to get on with delivering the verdict of the EU referendum. Brexit means Brexit and we’re going to make a success of it.’

Philip Hammond warns over extended timescale for Brexit

Theresa May attended her last Cabinet meeting as Home Secretary today, before she takes over from David Cameron as Prime Minister tomorrow

Theresa May attended her last Cabinet meeting as Home Secretary today, before she takes over from David Cameron as Prime Minister tomorrow


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John Ling

I am getting a little tired of such utterances. The repeal of the 1972 European Communities Act is the way forward. All Treaties signed after then (Rome, Maastricht, Lisbon et al) become null and void. The first obstacle to remove is the fact that out of 600 MPs only 89 voted to Leave. It is therefore incumbent on the Speaker to remind MPs that they are the servants of the people, and not the masters. The will of the people is that we leave, and therefore there should be no blocking of the repeal of the 1972 ECA. Our exit… Read more »

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