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Clock ticks away at UK's Brexit transition options

In the meantime, businesses are sounding the alarm, with a German industry federation warning its members to start preparing for a "very hard Brexit" in 2019

Mr Hammond, echoing recent EU assertions, says a Brexit transition period to some new relationship was a "wasting asset", the value of which would "diminish significantly" for both sides if its form remains unclear to businesses much after the start of the new year.


NERVES are fraying in the Brexit talks, negotiators are trying to work out if the other side is bluffing about walking away, and a ticking clock is fast narrowing British options come March 2019.

Philip Hammond, Britain's finance minister, echoed recent EU assertions when...

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