Unions hit back at chancellor describing public sector workers as 'overpaid'

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"Cabinet meetings are supposed to be a private space when we are supposed to have serious discussions", Mr Hammond said.

The uncertainty surrounding the UK's withdrawal from the European Union (EU) is hurting investment in the country, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has warned.

According to media reports, during a discussion on transport, the chancellor quipped that driving trains had now been made so easy that "even a woman" could do it. Ms May rebuked him after his remark, The Sun reported.

THERESA May is set to lay down the law with her Cabinet after a series of damaging leaks by senior ministers have targeted her Chancellor.

He was pointing out that public sector earnings are still higher than those in the private sector, despite years of pay restraint after the credit crunch sent the economy into a tailspin.

But one unnamed Cabinet minister was reported to have hit back, claiming Mr Hammond was part of an attempt by "the Establishment" to prevent Britain ever leaving the EU.

DG: "Every July Westminster gets feverish and every July people say it's different this year and you know what it's the same every year".

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Gus O'Donnell, Britain's former top public official, told the Observer newspaper the chances of a smooth Brexit were at risk of being derailed by squabbling ministers.

The comments are the latest attack on the Chancellor after five ministers told the Sunday Times he had told last week's Cabinet meeting that public sector workers are "overpaid".

A "livid" London Ambulance driver explained to John Stapleton about the financial struggles he faces on a daily basis thanks to the public sector pay freeze, before breaking down in tears live on the radio.

That could include a transition period lasting a "couple of years" after Brexit, said Mr Hammond, who acknowledged that Britain was ready to pay any outstanding bills when it leaves.

In an extraordinary intervention, the PM's spokesman said today that May would urge her Cabinet to stop leaking to the press and concentrate on "delivering for the British people instead". He didn't disappoint, telling his colleagues to be a bit more "focused on the job at hand". He didn't say public sector workers were overpaid. "This government is facing a ticking clock over the Brexit negotiations", he said. We've got a very good leader in Theresa May, ' Dr Fox said.

"I believe the great majority of my colleagues now recognise that is the right and sensible way to go, both in the United Kingdom and the European Union", he said.

Asked on the BBC about the reports, Hammond said that "some of the noise is generated by people who are not happy with the agenda that I have, over the last weeks, tried to advance of ensuring that we achieve a Brexit which is focused on protecting our economy".

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