May Has Full Confidence in Hammond, Spokesman Says

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has full confidence in Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, her spokesman told reporters.

Responding to questions after May’s office rebuked Hammond for his comments on the single customs union, spokesman Max Blain said "the cabinet is signed up to the position the prime minister has set out on Brexit in both those key speeches."

Hammond said he hoped Brexit would bring only modest changes. His comments enraged the euroskeptic lawmakers May needs to stay in her job.

Speaking to business leaders over lunch at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the chancellor said he wanted an ambitious Brexit deal that replicates Britain’s current easy trade terms with the EU and moves the economy "very modestly apart" from the bloc.

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