Philip Hammond said lawmakers should stop seeking legal changes to the Northern Irish backstop that the EU would not accept at short notice, and instead focus on supporting PM Theresa May's preferred Brexit plan.
May agreed on the protocol with EU leaders in November but then saw it roundly rejected last month by UK lawmakers who said the government's legal advice that it could tie Britain to EU rules indefinitely made the backstop unacceptable.
The group of lawmakers, calling themselves "The Independent Group", included Chuka Umunna, who had at one point been seen as a future leadership candidate, and Luciana Berger, who has been outspoken about the party's approach to anti-Semitism.
There are almost 1 million people from Poland living and working in Britain, and it’s one of the largest recipients of remittances. Polish migrants working there sent home more than $1 billion in 2017; so did migrants from France and Germany working in Britain.