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Hammond says he would not serve under a no-deal Brexit prime minister

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond speaks at the launch of a report, by living standards think tank the Resolution Foundation, on the impact of the higher minimum wage at the Resolution Foundation offices in London, Britain May 30, 2019. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond said he would not serve under a prime minister who was prepared to leave the European Union without a deal, as proposed by Boris Johnson and other contenders to become Britain’s next leader.

Hammond, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of EU finance ministers in Luxembourg on Friday, also warned whoever succeeds Theresa May not to withhold Britain’s dues to the bloc.

“I don’t think this is about personalities, it’s about policies,” Hammond said when asked if he would serve as a minister under Johnson, the front-runner in the Conservative Party leadership race..

“Before I could serve in any government, I would want to look at the pol

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