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UK's Hammond says economy should be priority in Brexit talks

UK's Hammond says economy should be priority in Brexit talks

Prime Minister Theresa May is now in talks with Northern Irish lawmakers over forging a loose alliance to support her government after an election Thursday cost her governing Conservative Party its Parliamentary majority.

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

Asked whether he favoured a softer version of Brexit, such as one which includes membership of the EU single market or the customs union, he said Britain's position had been set out by the Prime Minister.

Hammond said Britain's position had been set out in a speech by May in January and a letter she sent to European Union leaders in March when she triggered the Brexit process. After May's decision to call an election to obtain a mandate for her vision of Brexit backfired, she is facing pressure to soften her approach to leaving the bloc.Earlier on Tuesday, senior British minister Michael Gove had said that Britain would leave the customs union, in line with government policy before the election.

However, the speech was cancelled following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in West London.

"And as we go into that negotiation, my clear view and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain is we should prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiation and taking them forward". He is expected to deliver it in the coming days.

Labour MPs and pro-European Tories have reportedly been holding private talks to discuss how bills might be amended to keep the United Kingdom inside the customs union and leave open the possibility of staying in the single market.


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