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Philip Hammond plans to quit if Johnson becomes PM

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nomad, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Philip Hammond has said he intends to resign as chancellor if Boris Johnson becomes UK PM.

    Mr Hammond told the BBC leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson was "likely" to become the next PM, and a no-deal Brexit was "not something I could ever sign up to".

    Mr Johnson has said the UK must leave the EU by 31 October with or without a deal.

    Mr Hammond said it was important the next PM and his chancellor were "closely aligned" on Brexit.

    And I don't blame him!
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  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    I think that probably counts as the least surprising piece of political news this week. Quit before thrown overboard!
  3. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    He's been packing his stuff already....

    Even by Tory standards - this new cabinet will be unpleasant.
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  4. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    If anyone's looking for Phil this morning - he'll be at a car boot sale somewhere in London
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  5. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    I think the Johnson has made it pretty clear he would sack Hammond anyway. Interesting article by Andrew Rawnsley in the Guardian/Observer (website) today about Boris (for those not too prejudiced to actually read the Guardian). The stuff about Arron Banks is interesting too.

    MAGAorMIGA Star commenter

    David Davis the new Chancellor? Let's hope he remembers to bring his briefing papers to meetings this time.
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  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Mark Francois as Foreign Secretary ?.

    Priti Patel as home secretary ?
    emerald52 likes this.
  8. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    Dreading the new weeks!
  9. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    The bookies are giving odds on Sajid Javid for Chancellor.
  10. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    new weeks = next few weeks!!!
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  11. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Enjoy - it will be utterly hilarious.
    bombaysapphire and emerald52 like this.
  12. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Not exactly a surprise...George Osbourne didn't hang around long after Cameron departed either.

    And let's face it... he's jumping before he gets pushed.
  13. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    Hammond was getting used to trolling May and getting away with it. Problem is for ANY Brexit supporting leader Hammond had made it very clear he was a liability - but more in the way keeping him would be seen as same old, same old.

    For to be fair Hammond did not - and will not he said today - vote to stop Brexit.
  14. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Actually......he didn't.
  15. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Welcome back the Nasty Party...;)
  16. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    They never went away.
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  17. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    As chancellors of recent history go, I think Hammond did a reasonable job in difficult circumstances. I doubt his successor will last very long, even if we don't get an early GE.

    For Britain, Brexit is as complex as getting men on the moon and back again. Probably even more so, since there were loads of trial runs testing each stage of the moon landing before the final event.
    emerald52 likes this.
  18. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    As Andrew Rawnsley's article suggests, once Boris gets into Number 10, he will soon get found out. When he was Mayor of London, he was surrounded by experienced people, who did know what they were doing, to nullify most of his buffoonery. As PM, he will be beset by experienced people, who know what they are doing, such as the EU negotiators, who will soon make him look a fool. Indeed, the EU will no more take Boris as a reasoned politician than they would Farage. For Boris, it is all about the appearance of power, not the sensible exercising of it. To be sure of getting into Number 10, he would bare his bum in Harrod's window.
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  19. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    This mindset I find very curious. Who are these top and skilled negotiators within the EU that you seem to imply we should fear?
  20. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    He said he would support a deal (the last vote was the only time he voted against, yet as he said that was simply about if parliament should have a say, not stopping it all ) and when pushed on if he would vote the government down should it go for no deal, was very cagey and non committal, to the point Marr said 'you are all talk but no action' or such.

    What did you hear that gave you the impression he was saying he would stop Brexit?

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