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Hammond had to confront awkward Brexit facts today—and woe betide the government figure who does that

For the hard core on the backbenches, the price of Brexit is not something to parade in public

By Jay Elwes  

Photo: PA/PA Wire/PA Images

It’s a treacherous time for Philip Hammond, for the prime minister and for the entire government. A great show is currently being put on in British politics. A phoney war endures. Britain is standing up to the European Union in its Brexit negotiations and the whole artifice of this government is founded on the notion that it can achieve some sort of Entente Cordiale 2.0 with Michel Barnier. Woe betide the senior government figure who stands up and starts dishing…

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