United Kingdom finance minister Hammond seeks 'pragmatic' Brexit

Philip Hammond, Britain's finance minister, says protecting the British economy should be the main goal of upcoming negotiations over the country's exit from the European Union.

"As I head to Brussels to open official talks to leave the EU, there should be no doubt - we are leaving the European Union, and delivering on that historic referendum result", Davis said in a statement.

May's Conservatives need the support of the Protestant DUP's 10 lawmakers to have a majority in parliament, and some have called for the government to take a cross-party approach to Brexit given May's weakened position following the election.

The event was cancelled in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The signatories say the "economic benefits" of the European Union single market, which allows free movement of goods, services, capital and people, and the customs union, which enables tariff-free trading within the EU, should be maintained until a final settlement between the United Kingdom and the EU is "agreed and implemented".

"As we set out in the Article 50 letter, our view is that withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other", a spokesman for Britain's Brexit ministry said.

Mrs May has said Britain will leave both the single market and the customs union.

"My clear view and I believe the view of the majority of people in Great Britain is we should be protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity", Chancellor of the Exchequer Hammond said as he arrived for regular talks with his European Union counterparts in Luxembourg. She also said: "I am equally clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain".

  • Zachary Reyes