Philip Hammond has been accused of hindering the Brexit negotiations by saying that no deal would be very, very bad for Britain.
Mr Hammond is the Chancellor of the Exchequer (since July 2016).
He is the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Runnymede and Weybridge.
From 2014 to 2016, Hammond was the Foreign Secretary.
Philip Hammond’s Brexit negotiations have upset the Prime Minister Theresa May, Trade Secretary Liam Fox, and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Let’s not forget the Budget fiasco in March 2017 when Hammond’s plan to raise National Insurance contributions was in violation of the Conservative manifesto.
Now, he is at it again!
He is subverting his colleagues on Brexit.
Deal or no deal?
If Britain cannot get a good deal, then we should just walk away.
In other words, no EU deal is better than a bad EU deal.
Furthermore, if there were no EU deal on trade, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules would apply.
Also, let’s not forget that the EU already has trade arrangements with non-EU countries.
Phillip Hammond gives the impression that Britain is begging rather than negotiating for a deal.
We should be negotiating from a position of strength.
It’s always better when negotiating to be prepared to walk away.
This approach works well when buying a car!
When it comes to trade, the EU needs us more than we need them.
Hammond upset his Tory colleagues by appearing on TV saying:
“Let me be clear, that no deal would be a very, very bad outcome for Britain.”
He also said that hospitals would still be able to recruit from EU countries after 2019.
His various statements and general attitude are making Britain look increasingly desperate.
Why is he behaving this way?
Perhaps, he is acting this way because business lobbyists are influencing him.
Particularly relevant is the fact that Philip Hammond was a Remainer before the EU Referendum.
It’s time to sack him and put a Brexiteer in charge.
Who’s in charge: Philip Hammond or Theresa May?
Brexit negotiations need Brexit people, not Remainers like Philip Hammond.
The ‘1922 Committee’ is a committee of all backbench Conservative MPs.
It has a significant influence within the Conservative Party.
The 1922 Committee told Theresa May:
“the membership is tired of self-indulgent ministers plotting or going AWOL on collective responsibility and that she should tell ministers this”.
It’s time for Theresa May to demote him to the back benches.
In a recent BBC radio interview, Philip Hammond got the cost of HS2 wrong by £20bn.
Mr Hammond is in charge of Britain’s finances!
When Philip Hammond was Foreign Secretary, he wanted President Assad of Syria to go even though this could have resulted in ISIS in control of Syria.
It’s time for Philip Hammond to go!