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The chancellor fails to enumerate home truths about Brexit

By Paul Wallace  

Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

In the civil war that is today’s Tory party, Philip Hammond represents the dour Roundheads doing battle with the swashbuckling Cavaliers reborn as hard Brexiters. In government, the chancellor of the exchequer is the reality check to the castles they keep on building in the air. Disappointingly, he missed an opportunity today to inject some sense into the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.

Hammond did give strong support to Theresa May’s beleaguered Chequers plan, which is dismissed by hardline Brexiters such as Boris Johnson,…

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