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Downing Street backs Philip Hammond as he softens stance on Brexit again

01 August 2017

The announcement comes amid rumors of uncertainty and infighting within the Cabinet over various issues including the critical matter of immigration and free movement after Brexit.

"There are more government positions than there are cabinet ministers". A spokesman for Mrs May, who was attending World War I centenary tributes in Ypres, Belgium, said: 'It would be wrong to suggest free movement will continue as it is now.

Hammond - whose cabinet position was solidified after May lost her majority in parliament after June's general election - has been pushing for a simple transitional deal out of concern that negotiations in the 2-year time-frame, provided by Article 50, can not produce a comprehensive transitional deal.

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In her letter to the independent committee carrying out the inquiry, Rudd said made it clear that she also favored a transition period. We've published proposals on citizen's rights.

But in a thinly-veiled swipe at Mr Hammond, he criticised "almost daily freelancing about the contents of such an agreement", adding: 'The current principles of free movement have to end.

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No 10 said the shape of post-Brexit immigration controls would become clearer in due course, with legislation due to be presented to Parliament later this year. She fired the first salvo on Thursday, saying there would be no sudden clampdown on European Union migrants to Britain the day after Brexit.

"I often hear it said that the United Kingdom is considering participating in unfair competition in regulation and tax". "That is not our project or our vision for the future".

Number 10's intervention came as ministers Jeremy Hunt and Sir Michael Fallon sought to play down reports of cabinet splits, especially between Hammond and the global trade secretary, Liam Fox.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is among those emboldened to soften the government's stance.

"I would expect us to remain a country with a social, economic and cultural model that is recognisably European".

But for now banks are holding off on implementing plans to move a significant number of people, focusing instead on ensuring they have the right legal and operational framework to do business in the European Union if Britain fails to negotiate a favorable exit deal, banking executives say. The Financial Times reported last week that Hammond hoped for an "off-the-shelf" transition deal.

Downing Street backs Philip Hammond as he softens stance on Brexit again