Leader comment: Confusion reigns in Cabinet

Theresa May has said she does not want a return to "the borders of the past" in Ireland. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Theresa May has said she does not want a return to "the borders of the past" in Ireland. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Here is the news – this week: Chancellor Philip Hammond and 
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox appear to have settled their 
differences and written a joint 
article stressing any Brexit deal would not be indefinite or a “back door” to staying in the EU.

Meanwhile James Chapman, former chief of staff to Brexit 
Secretary David Davis, has said 
leaving the EU will be a “calamity” and claims two Cabinet ministers had expressed interest in a new 
centre party to oppose Brexit.

As for Mr Davis, he said he did not know the article was going to appear. Pro-Brexit Tory Jacob 
Rees-Mogg says the party is 
“broadly united” on Brexit but support is growing for a leadership bid.

And Prime Minister Theresa May? She returns today from a 
three-week holiday in the Alps to find the hills at Westminster hardly alive to the sound of music.

What’s going on? Each week brings more confusion. The 
government’s Brexit approach has been marked by lack of leadership.
Mrs May must work not only to ensure that her Cabinet stays in tune but also to win over doubters.