Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

Brexit news: Philip Hammond sacked after voting against Boris Johnson’s Conservatives | UK | News


The mass sacking came after Mr Hammond and others voted against Prime Minister Boris Johnson in their successful bid to block a no deal Brexit.  According to the Financial Times, a source said: “Tonight’s decisive result is the first step in a process to avert an undemocratic and damaging No Deal. “No10 have responded by removing the whip from two former chancellors, a former lord chancellor and Winston Churchill’s grandson.”

The Government was defeated by a margin of 328 to 301 votes – a majority of 27 – in what was a major victory by Remain rebels over the under-pressure Government.

The crushing defeat means Mr Johnson may now have to return to brussels and ask the European Union to delay Brexit further.

Mr Hammond had been Chancellor for three years, the entirety of former Prime Minster Theresa May’s reign.

He was resigned from the Cabinet following Mr Johnson’s successful rise to No10.

The Conservative Party Headquarters have been contacted for a request for comment.

Father of the House Ken Clarke was a victim of the historic purge after being an MP since 1970.

Winston Churchill’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames was also removed after he backed seizing control of the Commons agenda.

Mr Johnson delivered his earlier threat of removing anyone who opposed him, or even abstained.

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“They will have the whip removed.”

Mr Hammond earlier claimed he was preparing for the “fight of a lifetime” as he led the Conservative rebels to stop a no deal.

He claimed he would explore legal action if there were any moves made to remove him as an MP.

Mr Johnson confirmed he will table a motion for a snap general election to be voted on Wednesday if MPs voted in favour of passing the Remainer bill.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister said: “The consequences of this vote tonight is that Parliament is on the brink of wrecking any deal we might be able to strike with Brussels.

“Tomorrow’s bill will hand control of the negotiations with the EU and that will mean more delay and more confusion.

“I don’t want an election but if MPs vote tomorrow to stop negotiations and to compel another pointless delay to Brexit potentially for years I can confirm that we are tonight tabling a motion under the Fixed Term Parliament Act.”

With 21 less MPs on his side, the Prime Minister’s majority has thinned into a minority government.



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