SME Times is powered by   
Search News
Just in:   • Markets open on a positive note Wednesday morning  • Paswan interacts with Industry on new consumer protection act  • Nelco brings in-flight communication to India  • Taxing retirement income of employees a retrograde step  • 'Listed realty firms log steady sales growth in Q3FY20' 
Last updated: 14 Aug, 2019  

brexitTHMB.jpg Ex-Chancellor accuses Johnson of Brexit 'wrecking'

Brexit.9..jpg
   Top Stories
» Paswan interacts with Industry on new consumer protection act
» Prime Minister Modi visits Hunar Haat
» Exports from SEZ achieve $100 bn mark in 2019-20
» Centre may withdraw SEIS scheme for service exporters
» 'Women entrepreneurship can create 150-170 mn jobs in India'
IANS | 14 Aug, 2019
Former Chancellor Philip Hammond has accused UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson of trying to wreck the chance of a new Brexit deal, by making demands the EU could never accept.

In a Times article, Hammond said a no-deal Brexit would be "a betrayal" of the 2016 referendum result.

Johnson has called for the EU to remove the Irish border backstop plan before the Brexit deadline of October 31.

Many of those who voted against former Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal had concerns over the backstop - designed to guarantee there will not be a hard Irish border after Brexit - which, if implemented, would see Northern Ireland staying aligned to some rules of the EU single market.

Hammond, in his first comments since stepping down in July, said the early signs that Johnson could take the UK out of the EU with a deal in place were "not encouraging", the BBC reported.

"The pivot from demanding changes to the backstop to demanding its total removal is a pivot from a tough negotiating stance to a wrecking one. The unelected people who pull the strings of this government know that this is a demand the EU cannot, and will not, accede to," he wrote in the article.

He said Parliament would "make its voice heard", adding that a no deal "must not happen".

The BBC, citing a No 10 source, said the UK would leave on October 31 despite Hammond's "best efforts to the contrary".

The source added that Hammond, as Chancellor, "did everything he could" to block preparations for leaving and had "undermined negotiations".

The former Chancellor rejected this suggestion on Twitter, saying he wanted to deliver Brexit "and voted to do so three times".

Hammond also warned that a no-deal Brexit would "break up the UK", saying the reality would be "a diminished and inward-looking little England".

It was a "travesty of the truth", he said, to pretend that Leave voters backed a no-deal Brexit in the 2016 referendum.

"Most people in this country want to see us leave in a smooth and orderly fashion that will not disrupt lives, cost jobs or diminish living standards, whether they voted Leave or Remain in 2016," he said.

"Parliament faithfully reflects the view of that majority and it will make its voice heard."

Hammond's comments come as Downing Street said it expected a group of MPs to try to block a no-deal Brexit by attempting to pass legislation when Parliament returns in September, according to the BBC.

 
Print the Page
Add to Favorite
 
Share this on :
 

Please comment on this story:
 
Subject :
Message:
(Maximum 1500 characters)  Characters left 1500
Your name:
 

 
  Customs Exchange Rates
Currency Import Export
US Dollar
66.20
64.50
UK Pound
87.50
84.65
Euro
78.25
75.65
Japanese Yen 58.85 56.85
As on 19 Feb, 2020
  Daily Poll
Ease of doing business improved in last one year
 Yes
 No
 Can't say
  Commented Stories
» MSME credit gets a boost (2)
 
 
About Us  |   Advertise with Us  
  Useful Links  |   Terms and Conditions  |   Disclaimer  |   Contact Us  
Follow Us : Facebook Twitter