UK PM seeks to quell cab­i­net in-fight­ing over Brexit strat­egy

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Lon­don, UK - Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May will seek to reim­pose or­der on her min­is­ters af­ter a se­ries of dam­ag­ing leaks point­ing to cab­i­net splits on Brexit, her spokesman said on Mon­day.

The Con­ser­va­tive leader will use Tues­day’s regular cab­i­net meet­ing to ‘re­mind’ col­leagues to keep their dis­cus­sions pri­vate and urge them to fo­cus on the job of gov­ern­ment, he said.

Ahead of the re­sump­tion of key Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions in Brus­sels on Mon­day, the week­end news­pa­pers were filled with sto­ries about war­ring min­is­ters, as well as leaks tar­get­ing Fi­nance Min­is­ter Philip Ham­mond.

“Cab­i­net must be able to hold dis­cus­sions on gov­ern­ment pol­icy in pri­vate and the prime min­is­ter will be re­mind­ing her col­leagues of that at the cab­i­net meet­ing to­mor­row,” May’s spokesman said. “She will just be re­mind­ing them of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” he said.

Ham­mond hit back on Sun­day, blam­ing the ‘noise’ on ri­vals who dis­agreed with his po­si­tion that Bri­tain must be care­ful to pri­ori­tise the econ­omy when it with­draws from EU.

But his words seemed only to fuel the fire, with an un­named cab­i­net min­is­ter ac­cus­ing him in Mon­day’s Daily Tele­graph of try­ing to ‘frus­trate’ Brexit. The min­is­ter said Ham­mond viewed Brexit sup­port­ers as ‘a bunch of smarmy pi­rates’ who have ‘taken the es­tab­lish­ment pris­oner’.

Mean­while May’s spokesman said: “The gov­ern­ment is all work­ing to­gether to de­liver a Brexit which de­liv­ers on the will of the Bri­tish peo­ple.”

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