UK sets aside extra 3 bln pounds for Brexit preparations -Hammond

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - The British government is setting aside 3 billion pounds ($3.97 billion) for Brexit preparations in addition to funds allocated previously, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday during his budget speech to parliament.

"We have already invested almost 700 million pounds in Brexit preparations ... and today I am setting aside over the next two years another 3 billion," he said. (Reporting by Sarah Young and Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison)