Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

No Brexit deal would be a 'very, very bad outcome,' Chancellor warns

No Brexit deal would be a 'very, very bad outcome,' Chancellor warns

'It was a mistake of the campaign not to focus more on an area where we have a great story to tell, a record on the economy since the great recession rebuilding this economy over the past seven years, ' he said.

"We heard a message last week in the general election, and we need to look at how we deal with the challenges that we face in the economy", he said.

"I think people are tired of the long slog", he told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show.

Sidelined for months by his boss Theresa May, Britain's Chancellor Philip Hammond has returned to the political frontline, criticising the prime minister over her recent election campaign and calling for pragmatism in Brexit talks that begin on Monday.

A reinvigorated Philip Hammond used an appearance on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show yesterday to hint the government could "ease up on its austerity programme", says The Guardian.

"I do not know which particular line of approach is being made by the Government because they are in complete division, so I think actually removing this Government and allowing a Labour government, if necessary a minority government, to come into place would give us clear direction on all of this".

"There's not going to be a summer budget or anything like that".

Mr Hammond also said the United Kingdom would definitely be leaving both the EU single market and the customs union, but must avoid "cliff edges".

"We are not deaf", he told the BBC.

"We have other proposals that we will now have to look at again in the light of the general election result and in the new parliament". "And more borrowing which seems to be Jeremy Corbyn's answer is not the solution".

He said: 'We've never said we won't raise some taxes.

The question of whether in the end we stay in the customs union is one that we need to address when we get to the end of the negotiating process because it will depend on what level of access we've got to the Single Market.

Days after a suggestion from French President Emmanuel Macron that Britain could still choose to remain, Davis said there would be no backtracking from Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to deliver on Brexit, for which Britons voted in a referendum nearly a year ago.

"My reaction was bitter", Hammond said.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Chancellor addressed reports that he advocated remaining in the European Union customs union, which isn't part of Prime Minister Theresa May's "hard Brexit" strategy.

That source, and another in the Conservative party, said May's misjudged election gamble had undermined her authority, leaving her in the thrall of the two wings of her party that have differing views for Brexit - "purists" who want a clean break and "remainers" pressing for close ties.

She told BBC One's Sunday Politics: "Where you have politicians right across the European Union and the United Kingdom who share the desire for a successful outcome, with low tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, free trade between ourselves, cooperation on security and so on, it should be perfectly possible to meet the time frame".

Asked how long Mrs May had left in number 10, he replied: "I think what the country needs now is a period of calm while we get on with the job at hand".

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