Hammond says too late to negotiate new Brexit deal


Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond arrives in Downing Street, London, Britain, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Chancellor Philip Hammond said it is a delusion to think that the government will be able to negotiate a new divorce deal with the European Union if the prime minister’s agreement is defeated in a vote in parliament next week.

“The idea of renegotiating at the 11th hour is simply a delusion,” Hammond told parliament. “We need to be honest with ourselves – the alternatives to this deal are no deal or no Brexit. Either will leave us a fractured society and divided nation.”

Reporting By William James. Writing by Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison

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