David Davis returns to London this afternoon after a flying visit to Brussels to get Brexit talks underway in earnest. He’ll return Thursday, the business end of the week.The Brexit secretary stayed just long enough for an official photograph with the EU’s negotiating team. All smiles of course, but beneath it all the British delegation may be feeling the strain.It’s hard enough negotiating with the EU at the best of times. But Davis and his team now find themselves representing a government afflicted by in-fighting among its top ranks. This insight is from POLITICO‘s Brexit Files newsletter, a daily afternoon digest of the best coverage and analysis of Britain’s decision to leave the EU. Read today’s edition or subscribe here. Also On POLITICO Michel Barnier: Brexit talks will get to ‘heart of the matter’ By Saim Saeed Housing shortage puts strain on Ireland’s revival By Naomi O’Leary The weekend’s newspapers in the U.K. were dominated by briefings against the soft Brexit-supporting chancellor, Philip Hammond. No fewer than five separate sources were willing to bend the ear of the Sunday Times on the chancellor’s comments to cabinet last week — a private meeting, the contents of which tend to become public only when those present have an ax to grind, and when a weak prime minister isn’t thought up to the task of maintaining discipline.Hammond believes his stance on Brexit has put a target on his back. A fresh cabinet-level attack on him in the Daily Telegraph today suggests he is right — and that he is viewed as the figurehead of a wider push by business and the civil service to soften Brexit with a long transition in which nothing much changes for several years.“The establishment, the Treasury, is trying to f— it up. They want to frustrate Brexit,” a senior cabinet minister told the paper.Whether Hammond has the support in cabinet and the wider Conservative Party to successfully lead this push remains to be seen, and Theresa May will seek to reassert her authority at tomorrow’s cabinet meeting with a pointed reminder that the meetings are private.In Brussels, the mood among the small, smiley group of officials actually negotiating Brexit is that the foundations of the U.K.’s negotiating stance hasn’t changed since the election, so they’d better just get on with the job and ignore the politics.But it is impossible to escape the precarious reality of the British position. Until it’s clear who rules in Westminster, those foundations rest on ever-shifting sands.
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