Hammond: EU leaders ‘paranoid’ that other nations will leave after Brexit

Chancellor tells Die Welt newspaper that EU leaders are fixated on punishing Britain, rather than looking ahead to building post-Brexit trade

European leaders’ lack of enthusiasm for the future trade relationship between Britain and the European Union has been described as “backward-looking” and marked by “paranoia” by the UK chancellor, Philip Hammond.

In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt that was supposed to round off a three-day charm offensive aimed at rallying German support for a future trade deal, Hammond complained that politicians across Europe were still fixated on punishing Britain for the outcome of the 2016 referendum.

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