Outgoing Chancellor Philip Hammond has been spotted packing up his belongings at Downing Street today as he prepares for life on the outside as a Remainer rebel.
Mr Hammond was seen loading an array of luggage including cases, bags and holdalls, into the boot of a black saloon outside his residence at Number 11.
It comes just one day after he threatened to back a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson if he tires to take Britain out of the EU without a deal in October.
Mr Hammond has claimed a further Brexit delay is ‘urgently needed’ to avoid a disorderly divorce and said he’d bring down the Government ‘in the interests of the country’.
Outgoing Chancellor Philip Hammond was spotted loading a car with suitcases today
It is unclear if he has moved out of his residence at Number 11, but he packed the car with a large amount of luggage, including cases, bags and holdalls
It comes just one day after he threatened to back a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson if he tires to take Britain out of the EU without a deal in October
His replacement as Chancellor will be named next week, after Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt get the keys to No. 10
The fact that the sitting Tory Chancellor is openly discussing whether he could support a move to bring down the next Conservative administration is unprecedented in recent history.
Mr Hammond said he was not going to ‘exclude anything at the moment’ when asked directly whether he could back a bid to scupper Mr Johnson who has pledged to deliver Brexit by October 31 ‘do or die’.
The Chancellor’s comments are likely to have sparked a furious reaction from Tory Brexiteers who have called for the party to unite around the next leader.
Mr Johnson, who looks destined to win the Tory leadership vote on Tuesday, is said to be planning one of the most comprehensive Cabinet shake-ups in recent political history.
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis is in talks to return to the government as either Mr Hammond’s replacement or as Foreign Secretary.
David Davis could become the next Chancellor or Foreign Secretary in Boris Johnson’s (right outside his Oxfordshire cottage today) Cabinet
Mr Johnson, pictured outside his Oxfordshire cottage today, is favourite to be the next Prime Minister
Current Home Secretary Sajid Javid was favourite to become the new Chancellor, but according to sources he hasn’t ‘done enough’ to support Mr Johnson’s campaign.
Mr Davis, 70, was the first pro-Leave minister to quit because of Theresa May‘s Brexit deal and has told Mr Johnson that he would not accept anything less than one of the most senior jobs.
A senior source told the Telegraph: ‘Boris appreciates the fact that while the rest of the Cabinet sat on their hands over the deal, David did the honourable thing.’
There is also speculation that Jacob Rees-Mogg could be made Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
It had previously been reported that Mr Javid and Health Secretary Matt Hancock were battling over the role of Chancellor.
Both former leadership contenders were lobbying to be the Chancellor after their bids to become PM failed.
Mr Hancock’s Health Department has been at the forefront of No Deal planning.
A source said in late June: ‘Matt has really impressed Boris over the last week, taking a grip on planning for his Government without making a big song and dance about it publicly.’
Jeremy Hunt, thought to be certain to lose to Mr Johnson in the leadership contest, was tipped to become deputy prime minister.
However, Brexiteers would now prefer Iain Duncan Smith and are pushing for him to be given the role.
Boris Johnson leaves Andrew Griffith’s Westminster townhouse – where he is plotting his takeover of No.10
An inflatable ‘Boris Blimp’ (pictured) is making it way around Parliament Square after being launched by anti-Brexit protesters
It was also revealed today that Mr Johnson has been planning his takeover of No. 10 in the luxurious surroundings of a £9.5million residential Westminster townhouse owned by the senior Sky television executive Andrew Griffith.
And visitors have reportedly included senior Conservatives such as Jacob Rees-Mogg, Stephen Barclay, Gavin Williamson and Matt Hancock.
But while Johnson holes up in the lavish abode, an inflatable ‘Boris Blimp’ is making it way around Parliament Square after being launched by anti-Brexit protesters.
The balloon is inspired by the ‘Baby Trump’ blimp that mocked US President Donald Trump during his visit to the UK last month.
Griffith, who is a former Conservative party candidate and currently Sky’s chief financial and chief operating officer, is believed to have gifted Johnson the use of his property.
He started on the board for Sky in 2008 – during Rupert Murdoch’s reign over the company when News Corp owned 39 per cent.
Johnson, who is expected to be made Prime Minister next week, is now said to be concentrating on strategy for his first 100 days in office – spending up to 13 hours a day at Griffith’s townhouse.
Hancock leads his ‘transition’ team alongside fellow Tory MPs Rishi Sunak and Oliver Dowden.
Leading Eurosceptic Steve Baker is also thought to be helping with the plan for the first 100 days.
A campaign source for Johnson told the publication that Griffith had ‘kindly opened up his home’ to let the members meet there but was not taking part in the planning, while Sky said it was ‘a personal matter’.