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Philip Hammond says 'majority of people' want a soft Brexit 72 hours before talks begin

Philip Hammond has insisted that the "majority of people" in Britain want a deal to leave the European Union that protects jobs and economic growth.

In his first public comments since the election, the Chancellor said it was his “clear view” that most people want the talks to “prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity”.

Mr Hammond’s remarks will be seen as a bid to soften the terms of Britain’s exit, 72 hours before formal talks begin on Monday.

That came as the European Commission said that it will not allow the UK to discuss a future trade deal  before deals have been struck on migrants and the ‘Brexit bill’ when talks start.

Mr Hammond is expected to reinforce his message when he appears on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1 tomorrow morning, and then his delayed Mansion House speech on Monday.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, wants Britain to leave both...

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