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Hammond attacks 'terrifying' views of Brexiteer Rees-Mogg

 

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FILE PHOTO: British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond walks near the Parliament grounds in London, Britain June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

 

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday it was “terrifying” that leading Brexit advocate Jacob Rees-Mogg, who could have a role in the next government, thought Britain could be better off by leaving the EU without an exit deal.

 

Hammond, who does not intend to continue as finance minister when a new prime minister is named next week, was responding to criticism from Rees-Mogg - the latest turn in a long-running row that typifies Brexit divisions in the ruling Conservative Party.

 

Hammond has warned that a no-deal exit from the EU could badly damage the British economy. Rees-Mogg, who has been linked with a role in government if fellow Brexiteer Boris Johnson becomes prime minister, argues Britain could be better off.

 

“Happy to debate scale of negative impact of No Deal on the economy - but terrifying that someone this close to a potential future government can think we’d actually be better off by adding barriers to access to our largest market,” Hammond said on Twitter.

 

Rees-Mogg had written in the Daily Telegraph that Hammond’s views were “pure silliness” and said the economic model used to create his warning relied on assumptions that “range from the absurd to the merely dubious.”

 

The spat underlines the huge task that Prime Minister Theresa May’s successor will face to hold together a party that is still deeply split along the “Remain” and “Leave” battle lines drawn during the 2016 Brexit referendum.

 

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18 minutes ago, elliss said:

 

   Southern Ireland , soon too boom and have a new airport, JRM international ..

 

 

built next to Trumps golf coarse,he did promise the UK brexiteers a phenomenal deal after all.Maybe he can build another coarse in the UK on some NHS land that he has his orange eyes on.

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5 minutes ago, Loiner said:

Hammond could be terrified that Jacob Rees Mogg is already lined up for the Chancellor job. About time he moved up from the back benches and he’d probably do a better job of it.


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the shortest chancellor in history,but he does have a habit of shorting things like many other brexiteers.

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2 minutes ago, bomber said:

brexit isnt happening and has never been planned for,just watched the faces on TV of BJ and Gove on TV the morning of the result,they looked absolutely terrified ,IT WASNT MEANT TO HAPPEN,and it wont,BJ was in it for personal gain same same Gove,johnson was writing pro remain in the telegraph then pro leave,a total clown of a fella

For once we're in agreement.

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2 minutes ago, bomber said:

brexit isnt happening and has never been planned for,just watched the faces on TV of BJ and Gove on TV the morning of the result,they looked absolutely terrified ,IT WASNT MEANT TO HAPPEN,and it wont,BJ was in it for personal gain same same Gove,johnson was writing pro remain in the telegraph then pro leave,a total clown of a fella

I don’t doubt many MPs’ are clowns but the U.K. not just the Tory party, needs to find the best of the clowns to lead and move forward.

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