Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

Brexit news: How Philip Hammond ‘destroyed Brexit negotiations TWICE’ | UK | News

Today, Philip Hammond said he is preparing for the “fight of a lifetime” against deselection threats, as he leads the Conservative rebels to stop a no deal in Parliament. The former Chancellor claimed there were enough Tories to back the cross-party bill to delay Britain’s departure from the EU. He also said he would explore legal action if moves were made to remove him as a Conservative MP.

Mr Hammond told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: “There’s a group of Conservatives who feel very strongly that now is the time where we have to put the national interest ahead of any threats to us personally and our careers.

“I think there will be enough people for us to get this over the line.”

Conservatives who rebel against Mr Johnson and back legislation intended to block no deal are expected to have the whip withdrawn and effectively be thrown out of the party.

If the rebels succeed though, no deal will be officially off the table in the future negotiations with the EU.

According to 2019 book “The Great Betrayal”, written by newspaper columnist Rod Liddle, the threat of a no deal divorce should be Britain’s most crucial bargaining chip and Mr Hammond is, for a second time, effectively taking away the country’s strongest weapon and handing it to the bloc.

Recalling the Brexit negotiations in 2018, Mr Liddle wrote: “Theresa May’s most crucial bargaining chip – we will leave with no deal – was rendered impotent by the actions of members of her own cabinet and especially the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

“The correct approach to negotiations would’ve been to explain to Barnier at the outset: ‘’We are leaving the EU.’

“’We are perfectly happy to do so with no deal other than a WTO deal, and pay you nothing whatsoever. ‘

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“Seen from the EU perspective, this made it clear that ‘no deal’ was a paper tiger.

“It should have been the tarting point from which negotiations proceeded and of, course, Hammond should have been asked.

“In short, May’s strongest weapon was effectively taken way from her.”

Mr Hammond resigned as Chancellor hours before Mr Johnson became Prime Minister in July.

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