BERLIN (Reuters) – Britain’s finance secretary stated he favoured a collaborative fairly than a confrontational strategy to Brexit negotiations, rejecting a suggestion from his cupboard colleague Boris Johnson that Donald Trump-style techniques would produce a greater deal.
Philip Hammond, talking at a conference in Berlin, was requested about feedback by Johnson that have been secretly recorded at a dinner on Wednesday and revealed by Buzzfeed.
“Imagine Trump doing Brexit,” Johnson is reported to have stated. “There’d be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he’d gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere. It’s a very, very good thought.”
Hammond pointed to his years of expertise negotiating with Germans, French and Italians.
“My experience has been that … a collaborative approach … is generally more productive than a confrontational approach,” he stated, noting that his recommendation to his colleagues can be to interact with Britain’s European companions in the event that they wished a very good Brexit deal.
“Finding a mutually beneficial outcome is the only way forward. That is the firm intention of my government. Theresa May, the prime minister, has said so very clearly,” Hammond added.
Reporting by Noah Barkin; Editing by Michelle Martin