Philip Hammond: People want a ‘sensible Brexit’ — Tells Theresa May it would be ‘madness’ not to seek closest possible ties with EU

Peace and Freedom

The Chancellor says Brexit should protect jobs and economy after business leaders call for indefinite delay to leaving single market

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Philip Hammond. The chancellor said it was ‘helpful’ that businesses were entering the Brexit discussion. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Philip Hammond has welcomed an intervention by business leaders who called for an indefinite delay in Britain’s departure from the European single market and customs union and said that people wanted to see a “sensible Brexit”.

The chancellor insisted he was happy to see the CBI making its voice heard, and warned “it would be madness not to seek to have the closest possible arrangement” with Britain’s largest trading partner and closest neighbour.

“I’m glad that the business community is exercising a voice in this discussion. I think that’s helpful,” Hammond said…

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