Bri­tish PM down­plays cab­i­net Brexit ten­sions

The Myanmar Times - - World -

BRI­TISH Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s of­fice sought to down­play cab­i­net ten­sions over Brexit af­ter re­ports her fi­nance min­is­ter is an­tag­o­nis­ing col­leagues with his warn­ings about the eco­nomic dan­gers.

Chancellor of the Ex­che­quer Philip Ham­mond has re­port­edly been push­ing to de­lay mea­sures de­signed to con­trol im­mi­gra­tion, which would likely be viewed by EU lead­ers as in­com­pat­i­ble with con­tin­ued mem­ber­ship of the sin­gle mar­ket.

An anony­mous min­is­te­rial source quoted by the Daily Tele­graph said, “He is ar­gu­ing like an ac­coun­tant see­ing the risk of ev­ery­thing rather than the op­por­tu­nity.”

Mr Ham­mond had cam­paigned to stay in the EU ahead of the June 23 ref­er­en­dum.

The news­pa­per said there was even spec­u­la­tion Mr Ham­mond might re­sign, al­though it quoted anony­mous aides as say­ing this was “com­plete and ut­ter non­sense”.

Re­ports that Mr Ham­mond was ir­ri­tat­ing col­leagues also ap­peared in The Times news­pa­per, lay­ing bare ten­sions in govern­ment over how to leave the Euro­pean Union, ahead of the start of for­mal ne­go­ti­a­tions by March next year.

The newspapers said Mr Ham­mond had pushed for de­lays on mea­sures pro­posed by Home Secretary Am­ber Rudd that would ef­fec­tively close the door to un­skilled mi­grants from the EU.

Euro­pean lead­ers have stressed that mem­ber­ship of the sin­gle mar­ket – which Bri­tish busi­nesses say is vi­tal – de­pends on con­tin­ued free­dom of move­ment into Bri­tain. –

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