October 2, 2017 / 11:47 AM / a year ago

UK must remove short-term uncertainty surrounding Brexit: finance minister

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Britain must resolve the short term challenge of uncertainty caused by Brexit and accelerate the talks to deliver a time-limited transition period of around two years, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Monday.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond speaks at the Conservative Party's conference in Manchester, Britain October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

“Our economic future will remain closely linked with the EU for many good reasons,” Hammond said at the Conservative Party annual conference.

“We must resolve the short term challenge of uncertainty around this process by accelerating the talks and delivering a time-limited interim period of around two years for our businesses to adjust.”

Reporting by William James; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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