Cabinet minister 'close to tears' as Sajid Javid joins the hard Brexit gang

Written by David Singleton on 3 May 2018 in Diary

Sajid Javid's actions are said to have made Greg Clark rather emotional.

Brexit campaigners will be rejoicing today after reports the prime minister has been forced to ditch her hopes for a ‘customs partnership’ with the European Union.

The coup de grace was delivered by Sajid Javid at a meeting of Brexit war cabinet on Wednesday.

During the two-and-a-half-hour meeting, new boy and Remain voter Javid is said to have sided with hard Brexiters Liam Fox, David Davis, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove. With Gavin Williamson also backing Fox et at, the 11-strong Brexit war cabinet was divided 6 to 5 against the prime minister’s plan.

Despite the best efforts of Remainer cabinet ministers.

In an analysis for the Daily Mail, political editor Jason Groves reveals the lengths that two top Tory Remainers went to keep Javid on side.

Business secretary Greg Clark is said to have been “close to tears” as he warned of the potential impact on jobs if the Government abandoned the customs partnership idea.

Chancellor Philip Hammond took a different approach, warning his colleagues: “If we don’t keep moving forward it will be a car crash.”

But that didn’t work either as one pro-Brexit minister pointed out that "the best way of avoiding a car crash is to stop".



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