e-mail 288 View comments Philip Hammond would quit the Cabinet and take at least four Ministers with him if Theresa May tried to move towards a ‘no deal’ Brexit, Downing Street has been warned. The Chancellor’s allies say that he and key colleagues would ‘walk’ if the Prime Minister reacted to losing next month’s crucial Commons vote by quitting the EU with no formal agreement about our future relationship. They say Mr Hammond’s uncompromising stance is one reason why Mrs May has ‘downgraded’ her warnings about crashing out of the bloc with no deal and now tells her MPs there could be no Brexit at all if they reject the withdrawal agreement she has struck with Brussels. The claims came as the Chancellor openly said the UK faced ‘economic chaos’ if MPs blocked the Prime Minister’s compromise and raised fears of ‘very serious’ consequences from a no-deal scenario, including job losses. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker shakes hands with Prime Minister Theresa May as she arrives for Brexit talks at the EU Headquarters in Brussels +7 EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker shakes hands with Prime Minister Theresa May as she arrives for Brexit talks at the EU Headquarters in Brussels Mr Hammond leads a new ‘gang of five’ Cabinet ministers opposed to a hard Brexit, including Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Justice Secretary David Gauke. The Mail on Sunday understands all five have been placed on ‘resignation watch’ by No 10 if Mrs May countenances no deal. One Hammond ally predicted that the Chancellor would want no part of any no-deal exit because he believes it would be so catastrophic. The ally said: ‘Philip would feel that the damage this would do to the country would be just too great. He wouldn’t want to be part of implementing this. Philip would say, “I have done my bit to avoid it.” ‘I just can’t see him sticking around to help make no deal possible. There would be such social unrest, with serious job losses in some regions.’

UK – Philip Hammond ‘will quit the Cabinet and take five ministers with him if Theresa May tries for a No Deal Brexit’

Chancellor of The Exchequer Philip Hammod


Brexit deal ‘better than staying in EU’, says Philip Hammond

  • Philip Hammond would quit Cabinet if Mrs May tried to move to ‘no deal’ Brexit
  • Chancellor would take four ministers with him if PM quits EU the without a deal 
  • Theresa May ‘downgraded’ warnings about crashing out of the bloc with no deal
  • May now tells her MPs there could be no Brexit at all if her deal is voted down

By GLEN OWEN and HARRY COLE and BRENDAN CARLIN FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

Philip Hammond would quit the Cabinet and take at least four Ministers with him if Theresa May tried to move towards a ‘no deal’ Brexit, Downing Street has been warned.

The Chancellor’s allies say that he and key colleagues would ‘walk’ if the Prime Minister reacted to losing next month’s crucial Commons vote by quitting the EU with no formal agreement about our future relationship.

They say Mr Hammond’s uncompromising stance is one reason why Mrs May has ‘downgraded’ her warnings about crashing out of the bloc with no deal and now tells her MPs there could be no Brexit at all if they reject the withdrawal agreement she has struck with Brussels.

The claims came as the Chancellor openly said the UK faced ‘economic chaos’ if MPs blocked the Prime Minister’s compromise and raised fears of ‘very serious’ consequences from a no-deal scenario, including job losses.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker shakes hands with Prime Minister Theresa May as she arrives for Brexit talks at the EU Headquarters in Brussels

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker shakes hands with Prime Minister Theresa May as she arrives for Brexit talks at the EU Headquarters in BrusselsTheresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker meet for key talks over Gibraltar

Mr Hammond leads a new ‘gang of five’ Cabinet ministers opposed to a hard Brexit, including Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Justice Secretary David Gauke.

The Mail on Sunday understands all five have been placed on ‘resignation watch’ by No 10 if Mrs May countenances no deal.

One Hammond ally predicted that the Chancellor would want no part of any no-deal exit because he believes it would be so catastrophic.

The ally said: ‘Philip would feel that the damage this would do to the country would be just too great. He wouldn’t want to be part of implementing this. Philip would say, “I have done my bit to avoid it.”

‘I just can’t see him sticking around to help make no deal possible. There would be such social unrest, with serious job losses in some regions.’

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GRADUATE STUDENT: MASTERS OF LAWS, DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY, http://dmu.ac.uk/ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & LAWS, LEICESTER.

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