Philip Hammond: UK Does Not Plan to Produce Rival Brexit Legal Text

On Monday, Philip Hammond, the finance minister, said that the United Kingdom does not plan to produce the country’s own draft version of a legal text that is setting out some of the arrangements regarding Brexit prior to a meeting of European Union leaders that is scheduled later this month.

Talking to a parliament committee that is examining the approach of the government to Brexit, Hammond also said that the Irish government could not be more helpful than it was being at present because of its status as a member of the European Union.

A senior finance ministry official, Mark Bowman, who is speaking alongside Hammond, informed the lawmakers that the United Kingdom did not think that it would be useful to produce a rival text to the one that was released by the European Union during the past week. Instead, lawyers in Britain would be “all over” the draft of the EU and hoped to have constructive discussions regarding the document.