Chancellor leaves government Brexit plans in tatters
Responding to reports that the Chancellor will argue in cabinet for a close customs partnership with the EU, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake, said:
“Reports suggesting that the Chancellor is set to undermine Theresa May’s position on the customs union show that the government's Brexit plans are in tatters.
“Many in the House, and now even senior Cabinet ministers, are openly questioning the viability of the PM’s plan to tear us out of the customs union. With nearly half our exports currently going to other countries in the EU, the Treasury knows that leaving the customs union could badly damage businesses up and down the country.
“The divide in the Conservative party and Cabinet highlight the need for the people to have a final say on the deal, so that the country is not trapped into a hard Brexit, only supported by the likes of Boris Johnson and Liam Fox.”
Tory Brexiteers have swiftly reacted to the Hammond plan - see BBC news report.