Tories locked in 'civil war' as Brexit splits cabinet

Vincent Carr
July 17, 2017

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According to media reports, during a discussion on transport, the chancellor quipped that driving trains had now been made so easy that "even a woman" could do it. Ms May rebuked him after his remark, The Sun reported. "They are waiting for more clarity about what the future relationship with Europe will look like", he said.

The PM's spokesman said he was not aware of any inquiry into the source of the leaks from last week's Cabinet.

Prime Minister Theresa May will remind her cabinet colleagues on Tuesday of the need to keep their meetings private after a series of leaks over the weekend targeting Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond.

The chancellor denied making the latter comment - he said he was making the point it was outrageous there were not more female train drivers - but did not deny making the comments about pay.

Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr yesterday, the Chancellor said he would not discuss what was or wasn't said in a cabinet meeting.

Fox said any transitional deal would have to give the United Kingdom the ability to negotiate new trade deals.

Ministers have talked of a transitional period after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union to avoid a "cliff edge" scenario, but the length and precise arrangements have yet to be decided.

It was later claimed that Mr Hammond had told his Cabinet colleagues pushing for public sector pay rises that workers in public services were "overpaid" in comparison to their private sector peers. My colleagues should be very quiet, stick to their own departmental duties; the public expects us to be disciplined and effective.

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"Some of the noise is generated by people who are not happy with the agenda that I have ... tried to advance of ensuring we achieve a Brexit focused on protecting our economy, protecting our jobs and making sure that we can have continued rising living standards in the future", he said.

Iain Duncan Smith, the former party leader, also warned his party to desist from feuding.

"No I didn't and I wouldn't say anything like that", he said.

The Finance Minister said he was being attacked for his Brexit views.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "It's been seven long years of pay cuts for our public servants".

His comments come the day before the UK Brexit minister David Davis is due to engage in the second round of Brexit negotiations taking place in Brussels.

He said: "We have got to do this in a way that meets the concerns and requirements of both people who want a softer version of Brexit and those who campaigned hard to leave the EU".

But an unnamed minister was quoted in this morning's papers stating that Mr Hammond was attempting to derail Brexit.

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