Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivers a speech at the Annual Mansion House dinner in London, Britain, June 21 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
June 26, 2018
LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Thursday that the prospect of a trade war would be a disaster, especially for the United States.
“I very much hope that we can avoid a full scale trade war (because) that would be a disaster for everyone, not least for the United States,” Hammond said in an interview with CNBC.
“But what I can say is this: whatever happens the UK will remain an outspoken proponent of open markets and free trade, low tariff barriers and low non-tariff barriers.”
(Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)