Philip Hammond accidentally admitted that Brexit was worth it when appearing on the Andrew Marr show today, but quickly backtracked.
The conversation went a bit like this:
Marr: “Is it worth it?”
Hammond: “Yes. Financial services is a very important part of our economy…”
Marr: “Not the financial services negotiation – is Brexit worth it?”
Hammond: “Oh the whole thing?”
Marr: “Yeah, the whole thing.”
Hammond: “Look, the British people have decided that we are leaving the European Union and that’s what we’re doing.”
Mr Hammond is known for being a remainers and doing everything he can to keep the UK closely align with the European Union, however, maybe he is starting to agree that Brexit is worth it.
If so, it certainly would be refreshing to have another Brexit supporting MP in the cabinet.
Thousands of Brexiteers are urging the Prime Minister to sack Mr Hammond, who is currently the chancellor, and replace him with Mr Rees-Mogg, who is currently a backbencher.
Mr Rees-Mogg is favourite to be the next Conservative leader and Prime Minister.
Nigel Farage tells Theresa May: ‘Sack REMOANER Phillip Hammond NOW!’
The ex-leader of UKIP Nigel Farage has issued a simple and yet emphatic demand for Theresa May to SACK the Remoaner Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond for a recent speech that he made in Davos, Switzerland.
Farage used his official Facebook page to insist that the anti-Brexit Chancellor is removed from his post.
As far as he is concerned, Hammond’s recent actions have undermined the efforts that the United Kingdom’s government has been making to ensure that the country’s future is outside of the Single Market and any similar arrangements.
If Theresa May is serious about leaving the single market and any mirror image of it, she will sack Philip Hammond for his Davos speech.
Looking back at Hammond’s ridiculous speech in Switzerland, he stated that there should only be ‘very modest’ changes to the UK’s relationship with the EU after Brexit.
In other words, he is looking for what most of us would describe as ‘Brexit In Name Only,’ or perhaps even a Brexit that is even softer than the nightmarish ‘Soft Brexit’ that has been discussed by those who would rather that we didn’t leave the European Union at all.
Farage is basically encouraging Mrs May to ‘put her money where her mouth is.’
If she is indeed totally serious about leaving the Single Market, as she has mentioned in recent days in an attempt to try and reassure her critics that the UK isn’t going to capitulate entirely to Brussels’ demands, then surely she needs to remove someone like Hammond who ranks so highly in our government’s setup.
His anti-Brexit sentiments would be bad enough from a Conservative backbencher, but as Chancellor Of The Exchequer he has actual power over the financial wellbeing of this country, and it is ridiculous to think that someone so close to Theresa May’s position is trying to push our country right into the EU’s master plan.
According to Business Insider, there is a worrying lack of action from Theresa May on this Hammond issue:
A spokesperson for the prime minister declined to distance her from Hammond’s comments in a briefing on Thursday afternoon.
Former Cabinet minister and leading Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith told the BBC that he was “puzzled” by Hammond’s comments.
“I’m a little bit puzzled by the chancellor’s comments,” Duncan Smith said.
“In our manifesto we were very clear, and the public voted, for two parties that said they were leaving the customs union and leaving the single market, they were not going to have freedom of movement because we were also going to take back control of our borders and out laws. All of that was very explicit in the manifesto signed up to by the government.”
“That means quite substantial change, not minor change.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg has also slammed Hammond’s remarks at the World Economic Forum, and so yet again we have the ridiculous situation where Theresa May continues to stand by her Chancellor who is looking to do the United Kingdom irreparable damage by getting in the way of Brexit.
Farage is absolutely right – Hammond’s constant Remoaning is completely incompatible with the Brexit pathway that Theresa May has laid out, and unless she wants the people to think that she agrees with his sentiments she needs to take action now.