Brexit: cabinet seeks to present united front after Hammond spat

Downing Street attempts to ease Tory tensions after chancellor calls for ‘middle way’ after backlash

Theresa May’s cabinet has attempted to paper over its divisions on Brexit as Philip Hammond urged both sides of the Conservative party to seek a “middle way”. A spokesman for the prime minister insisted that she had full confidence in her chancellor, despite distancing herself from remarks he made in Davos on Thursday, where he said the UK should seek to diverge only “very modestly” from the EU after Brexit.

The chancellor, along with the Brexit secretary, David Davis, and business secretary, Greg Clark, presented a united front on Friday by signing a joint letter to business leaders, seeking to reassure them that rules and regulations will remain the same during the post-Brexit transition period.

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