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>> Has the PM restored discipline now?>> Theresa May's last cabinet before the summer break has become a game of spot the leaker.>> Is the bad fighting all over now, then?>> Beset by public bickering, the British Prime Minister has been delivering a telling-off to her most senior ministers behind closed doors.
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>> I'm Reuters' Jake reporting from Downing Street. The official line is they've been reminded that Cabinet must be able to hold private discussions. In reality, this is much a rebuke about keeping a lid on Brexit disagreements. Over the weekend, Finance Minister, Philip Hammond, bore the brunt of some of the negative headlines.
00:00:36
Someone briefed the press about discussions he reportedly held at a private meeting. Hammond said he was under fire because of his softer approach to the UK still-to-be-decided European exit deal. So this is more than just a domestic matter. The briefings and counter-briefings could have a real impact on Brexit, with EU diplomats preferring a stable negotiating partner, and, at the very least, knows what it wants.
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Theresa Mays vulnerabilities were front and center in Brussels on Monday. Her Brexit David Davis, leaving just hours into a major round of negotiations, in what his team said was a planned departure.>> We made a good start last month.>> But it comes as tensions mount back home within the UK government.
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Theresa May's lack of a parliamentary majority is stoking a constant stream of rumors about her future. The concern in Brussels is Brexit becomes a sideshow. Davis will be back, Thursday, when this round on negotiations are set to conclude, but as the UK's top representative at this table, he's perhaps already made impressions for the wrong reasons.
00:01:41
Davis' team sat down with no visible notes. Their EU counterparts, on the other hand, had bundles. That would do little to dampen the idea that Theresa May's team are struggling to make a cohesive case.