Britain needs open trade with EU post-Brexit to protect economy: finance minister

November 29, 2016 6:51 AM EST

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves Downing Street after a cabinet meeting in London, November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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LONDON (Reuters) - Finance minister Philip Hammond said on Tuesday the best way to protect the British economy was to support the government's plans to have the most open possible trading relationship with the European Union after the country leaves.

(Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper)

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