LONDON — Brexit Secretary Davis Davis today heads to Brussels to resume Brexit talks with European Union officials while back in Westminster Theresa May’s cabinet is embroiled in open warfare over the details of Britain’s exit.
Davis will spend four days around the table with EU negotiators to discuss the rights of EU citizens living in Britain and Brits living elsewhere in the 28-nation bloc. “Now it’s time to get down to work and make this a successful negotiation,” he told journalists on Monday morning.
However, Davis leaves behind a cabinet on the brink of open warfare over the crucial details of Britain’s departure from the EU — and the conflict centres around Chancellor Philip Hammond and the future of May’s premiership.
Hammond, one of the front bench’s most moderate voices on Brexit, has angered hard-line pro-Leavers both within the cabinet and wider parliamentary Conservative Party with his insistence that any transition deal between Britain officially dropping out of the EU and replacement systems coming into place must last for at least two years.
An unnamed cabinet minister told the Telegraph newspaper: “What’s really going on is that the Establishment, the Treasury, is trying to f*** it up. They want to frustrate Brexit.
“This is a critical moment. That’s why we have to keep Theresa [May] there. Otherwise, the whole thing will fall apart.”
Hammond’s colleague added that the Chancellor regards Brexiteers within the cabinet as “pirates” who have taken the Establishment prisoner” to force Britain into a hard and clean departure from the EU and all its institutions.
Hammond told Andrew Marr on Sunday that a Brexit transitional phase will last “a couple of years” but ministers including Trade Secretary Liam Fox have offered completely different timetables. Fox said last week that he’d be “very happy” with a transitional phase — also …read more
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