Liam Fox Confirms Cabinet is Split on Freedom of Movement

Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade, has suggested that Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, was wrong to say that freedom of movement would continue for a transitionary period until 2022. Speaking to the Sunday Times he said on Hammond’s comments:

“I have not been involved in any discussion on that, nor have I signified my agreement to anything like that”.

In what seemed to be a direct attack on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Fox said:

“I am very happy to discuss whatever transitional arrangements and whatever implementation agreement we might want, but that has to be an agreement by the cabinet. It can’t just be made by an individual or any group within the cabinet”.

Vince Cable, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

“The latest clash over freedom of movement in the proper transitional period reveals a deep, unbridgeable chasm between the Brexit fundamentalists and the pragmatists. Businesses which might have hoped that Phillip Hammond had pulled the government back from a commitment to a catastrophic cliff edge, crashing out of the EU, have been misled”.