LONDON, March 29 Britain's finance minister
Philip Hammond said on Wednesday he was confident the country
would negotiate a customs arrangement with the European Union
that would allow for borders to be as frictionless as possible
"Everybody in the EU and the UK is going to go into this
negotiation looking to protect their own interests," Hammond
said in an interview on BBC radio, answering a question about
customs arrangements after Brexit.
"It is not in the interests of anybody on the continent of
Europe to have lines of trucks. It is not in the interests of
the millions of EU workers who spend their days producing goods
to be sold in the UK.
"It is not in the interests of French farmers who produce
fresh produce coming into the UK every day that there are lines
of trucks. So I am very confident that we will not get an
outcome that is a worst case outcome for everybody. That would
Hammond was speaking hours before Prime Minister Theresa May
officially starts the process of Britain leaving the European
Union by triggering Article 50 of the bloc's Lisbon Treaty.
(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and David Milliken; editing by