David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, has confirmed that Liam Fox and Philip Hammond did not seek his agreement for their joint statement on Brexit. Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade, and Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, had issued a joint statement on Brexit in an attempt to unite the party.
Davis said in Edinburgh that he was not told about the joint statement and accepted that there were differences of opinion in the Cabinet. Davis was speaking at a public event which was chaired by Alex Salmond, the former First Scottish Minister.
In a joint article in the Sunday Telegraph, Fox and Hammond had written:
“We are both clear that during this period the UK will be outside the single market and outside the customs union and will be a ‘third-country’ not party to EU treaties”.