LONDON (Reuters) - A Brexit deal can be agreed in the next 6-8 weeks, British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Tuesday, but there would not be enough time to have a legally precise text on the UK’s future relationship with the bloc once it leaves.
Asked about comments from the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier that a deal was realistic in 6-8 weeks, Hammond told lawmakers in Britain’s upper house of parliament: “I think it is doable.”
He added that although the withdrawal agreement would be a legal text, the declaration on a future relationship could be less detailed.
“There’s merit in having quite a bit of detail, but clearly we don’t have enough time to negotiate the full draft legal text in what will be quite a complex future partnership agreement,” he said.
Reporting by David Milliken and Andy Bruce, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Guy Faulconbridge