LONDON, Sept 8 Britain's finance minister Philip
Hammond warned other European Union countries that attempts to
break up London's role as a global financial centre in the wake
of the country's Brexit vote would be a "huge mistake" for the
Hammond said London had a "very complex ecosystem" of banks
and financial services firms and "to break it up or try to
damage it in the pursuit of some very narrow and hypothetical
national advantage would be a huge mistake for any of our
European Union partners to follow."
Speaking in parliament, he also said Britain would be open
to allowing bankers from the bloc to work in the country after
it leaves the EU.
(Reporting by Huw Jones, David Milliken and Laura Gardner
Cuesta; writing by William Schomberg)