Published On: Fri, Aug 16th, 2019

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Members from Mr Hammond’s local Conservative association are turning against him over his meddling in Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans. Sources said a “subset” of Brexiteers are becoming more “vocal” in their opposition to the former Chancellor following his recent interventions.

An insider told The Daily Telegraph it was “no secret” members of the MP’s Runnymede and Weybridge association were “unhappy with what they see as Philip Hammond’s interference”.

Another warned that the situation could erupt in September when the Prime Minister is expected to face a bid by pro-Remain MPs to oust him to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal on October 31.

And social media users also called for the Chancellor to be booted out.

One tweeted: “Don’t sit on your backsides get him, out now!”

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Philip Hammond could face a confidence vote after angering local party members (Image: GETTY)

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Members are turning against the former Chancellor over his meddling in Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans (Image: GETTY)

Another posted: ”Phil Hammond could face confidence vote for his treachery over #Brexit. Bye election, or just kick him out? We live in a democracy, accept #Brexit or MOVE.”

A third wrote: “Throw Phillip Hammond out of the Conservative Party – he is damaging the party, supporting the EU Commission and favours giving up our sovereignty to an undemocratic Federal Europe. Members of his position should stand firm behind their leader or GO.”

It comes after Mr Hammond prompted a furious reaction from Brexiteers by claiming exiting the bloc with no deal would be “as much a betrayal” of the referendum as not leaving at all.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the former Chancellor said: “Leaving the EU without a deal would be just as much a betrayal of the referendum result as not leaving at all.

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Sources said a “subset” of Brexiteers are becoming more “vocal” in their opposition to Mr Hammond (Image: GETTY)

“The British people were offered a proposition that we could leave the EU while having a close relationship, they were told it would be the easiest deal ever done.

“And all the evidence points to people wanting to maintain a close trading relationship with the EU to protect British jobs and British prosperity and minimise disruption in the future.

“To set the bar for negotiations so high that we inevitably leave without a deal would be a betrayal and the Prime Minister said he would get a deal and we want to see him deliver that deal.

“We were talking until a few weeks ago about the need to change the terms of the backstop and I think, although that would have been an extremely difficult discussion, it was a tough negotiating position.

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Social media users also called for the Chancellor to be booted out (Image: GETTY)

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David Gauke survived a confidence vote by his local association back in June (Image: GETTY)

“But pivoting to say that the backstop has to go in its entirety, a huge chunk of the Withdrawal Agreement just scrapped, is effectively a wrecking tactic. The people behind this know that that means there will be no deal.”

Mr Hammond also insisted that there is no mandate for leaving the EU without a deal.

He said: “Any idea of trying to bypass Parliament by dissolving it for example and holding an election over the exit date would provoke a constitutional crisis.

“We have an unwritten constitution but the principles behind it are very clear and one of them is that an outgoing government should not act in a way to prevent an incoming government from making key decisions.

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Boris Johnson on Brexit (Image: EXPRESS)

“More than 17 million people did not vote to leave the EU with no deal. That is the key point here. There is no mandate for leaving with no deal.

“It is absurd to suggest that the 52 percent of people that voted to leave the EU all voted to leave with no deal when, in fact, as the BBC itself has pointed out, during the referendum campaign there was virtually no mention made by the leaders of that campaign at all of the possibility of leaving with no deal.”

The Remainer added that he believed the Prime Minister wants to strike a deal with the EU but others in Downing Street could have different ideas.

He said: “Boris Johnson has told me privately, and he’s told the country publicly, that he is determined to get a deal, and confident that he can get one. But I fear there are other people around him whose agenda is different.”

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Jeremy Corbyn wants to be caretaker prime minister to block no-deal Brexit (Image: GETTY)

And Mr Hammond accused the Government of making “unsubstantiated” claims over Brexit which he said need to be checked.

It comes after former Justice Secretary David Gauke, who opposes a no-deal Brexit, survived a confidence vote by his local association back in June.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on opposition parties and Tory rebel MPs to install him as caretaker prime minister until a general election in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit under Mr Johnson.

The left-winger insisted the administration would be “strictly time-limited” and that he would seek an extension to the Article 50 process to delay the Halloween Brexit deadline.

But his proposal has already been rejected by the Lib Dems who say Mr Corbyn is not the right person to lead a temporary government.

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