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WHAT?! Brexit FARCE: Hammond says ‘flexible’ transition may last MORE than two years

A POST-BREXIT transitional deal with the European Union could last longer than two years to avoid a cliff-edge for businesses, Chancellor Philip Hammond said.

The Chancellor said that the length of the coveted Brexit transitional deal with Brussels is currently “flexible” but precise enough to help businesses plan for the future.Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, he said: “The Prime Minister set out an agenda in Florence pointing the European Union to a way forward in the negotiations and making clear that the UK will seek a time-limited interim period of around two years which ensures business there won’t be the cliff-edge.”The Prime Minister was very precise in what she said. At the moment, that points to a period of around two years and I think that leaves some flexibility but the degree of precision that businesses need to start planning.”

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Mr Hammond said the transition deal is currently “flexible” and could last longer than two years


Mr Hammond dismissed claims the Cabinet remained divided on the issue of the transitional deal, claiming all ministers supported Mrs May and her position.He continued: “The whole Cabinet signed up to that. We had a Cabinet discussion before the speech and the whole Cabinet signed up to that position.”The Chancellor previously advocated for a transition into Brexit Britain “of between three and four years” to avoid disruption to British businesses and unnecessary blows to the economy.Mr Hammond acknowledged uncertainty over Brexit talks were causing “a pause in business investment” which was harming the UK economy, but said it was the duty of all Cabinet ministers to “pull their weight” in support of the Prime Minister.

As the Chancellor prepares for a major speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mrs May defended her Brexit position following attacks on her monumental keynote address in Florence.The Prime Minister said: “What I have is a cabinet that is united in the mission of this Government and that’s what you will see this week. United in a mission to build a country that works for everyone and agreed on the approach that we take in Florence.“That’s what, you know I had a cabinet meeting before my Florence speech, everybody agreed that the position the United Kingdom is taking was absolutely the right one.”We’re going forward on that basis, but what you’ll hear from us this week is what the mission of this Conservative Government is for people.”
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/861245/Brexit-news-UK-EU-transition-European-Union-business-chancellor-Philip-Hammond-video

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