Hammond takes a hit in cabinet warfare

Hammond takes a hit in cabinet warfare

The Chancellor used a TV appearance on Sunday to accuse Cabinet rivals of trying to undermine his agenda for a "softer" business-friendly Brexit prioritising jobs and the economy.

His comments regarding public sector workers being "overpaid" follow reports that he said driving a train was now so easy that "even" a woman could do it.

"It is absolutely clear that businesses, where they have discretion over investment, where they can hold off, are doing so and you can understand why", he said.

The Sunday Times claimed to have five separate sources for its story, suggesting a breakdown in cabinet discipline and a danger that the normal functioning of government is in danger.

The Prime Minister will remind ministers of the need to keep Cabinet discussions private following a series of leaks targeting the Chancellor Philip Hammond, Downing Street has said.

Hammond reportedly made the comments at a cabinet meeting last week where he refused to lift the 1% cap on government employees on the basis that they earn more than those in the private sector.

"Cabinet meetings are supposed to be a private space when we are supposed to have serious discussions", Mr Hammond said.

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

Chancellor Philip Hammond, known for his aversion to raising public borrowing, has warned that lifting the cap will mean tax rises.

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Mr Hammond, regarded as one potential successor to Mrs May, has repeatedly talked about the need for a transitional deal, saying such an arrangement would see Britain replicate as much as possible the existing arrangements in order to minimise the impact on business.

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

'Later in the meeting both Boris Johnson and the PM said we should not say public sector workers are overpaid'.

Mr Hammond did not give such an explicit denial to the claim in the Sunday Times that he had branded public sector workers "overpaid".

Mr Hammond, who campaigned for Remain with Theresa May, said he wanted a Brexit focused on protecting jobs, the economy and "rising living standards in the future".

Fox also said it would be "foolish" to go into the Brexit negotiations without being prepared to walk away, saying Britain's negotiating partners needed to believe Britain would do so rather than accept a bad deal.

This is despite the fact that wages have fallen by 14% in real terms since 2010, making it harder for the public sector to recruit and retain quality talent into the workforce.

Meanwhile today in Brussels, David Davis, the Brexit secretary, will start the second round of talks with his European Union counterparts, saying it was time for the negotiating teams to "get down to business" with a call for "real progress" to be made on citizens' rights.

"I'm not going to get into speculation of who said what where and when".

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