Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond warned his eurosceptic cabinet colleagues ahead of the meeting not to follow Britain’s “populist right” by promoting the idea that leaving the EU without a deal is the only “truly legitimate Brexit.”
“To advocate for no deal is to hijack the result of the [2016 Brexit] referendum and in doing so knowingly to inflict damage on our economy and our living standards,” Hammond said in advance excerpts from a speech to the Confederation of British Industry on Tuesday.
The BBC and other media quoted him as saying he would push for a Brexit deal to “protect jobs, businesses and future prosperity’’.
“We need to be clear, that if we do not resolve this issue in the next few weeks, there is a real risk of a new prime minister abandoning the search for a deal, and shifting towards seeking a damaging no-deal exit as a matter of policy,” Hammond was quoted as saying.
May agreed with senior members of her Conservative party last week to set a timetable to step down as party leader once parliament has voted on her EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill in early June.https://nnn.ng/mays-cabinet-discusses-brexit-deal-as-minister-warns-eurosceptics/
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