Speech in Germany calls for transitional deal on trade and mocks Boris Johnson’s ‘cake and eat it’ approach to negotiations

Philip Hammond has used a speech in Germany to push for a Brexit that prioritises “economic logic”, arguing that any deal must ensure frictionless trade in goods and services and saying a transitional arrangement will be vital.

Burnishing his role as the cabinet’s most vocal advocate of a seemingly softer departure from the EU, the chancellor warned against “petty politics” getting in the way of an economically advantageous deal.

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