December 14, 2016 / 2:52 PM / 8 months ago

British government keeping options open on EU talks - Brexit minister

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Brexit minister David Davis said on Wednesday the British government was keeping its options open before beginning talks with the European Union over its divorce.

Asked whether he stood by his earlier statement that Britain could consider paying into the EU budget to maintain preferential trade access into the single market, Davis said those comments had been "slightly over-interpreted".

"At this stage, three months short of the start of negotiation, I'm going to hold every option open that I can. I'm not going to shut something off unnecessarily. So to not count it out is also to not count it in," he told lawmakers in a question-and-answer session.

"I'm not ruling it in either, therefore I'm not envisaging it." (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and Kylie MacLellan)

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