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Transition interval has precedence over final Brexit, British ministers write

BERLIN (Reuters) – British Chancellor Philip Hammond and Brexit minister David Davis wrote in a German newspaper that they wished to present German business leaders the message transition interval took precedence over Britain’s closing exit from the European Union.

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond arrives in Downing Street, London, January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The ministers, who are resulting from start a go to to Germany on Wednesday, wrote in a visitor article for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that prioritising that transition interval over Britain’s exit from the one market and customs union was additionally within the pursuits of Germany and the European Union.

They wrote that the British government understood the German place that Britain couldn’t depart the EU whereas on the identical time having fun with all the advantages of EU membership however added: “The EU’s priorities are not incompatible with ours: a deep and special partnership with our closest trade partners and allies”.

They wrote that it was essential to be “imaginative and inventive” in establishing new relations between Britain and the EU.

Reporting by Michelle Martin and Madeline Chambers, modifying by Thomas Escritt

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