THERESA Might was final evening urged to sack Philip Hammond for undermining no deal Brexit planning – as senior Tories branded him the “Gerald Ratner of British politics”.
Livid Tory MPs referred to as on the PM to interchange the doom-monger Chancellor with Sajid Javid.
The contemporary anger in opposition to Mr Hammond comes after he published a letter warning of “large fiscal consequences” of leaving the EU and not using a deal on the identical day as Brexit chief Dominic Raab’s offered the positives of no deal.
Ex-Tory chief Iain Duncan Smith in contrast the Chancellor’s fixed Brexit doom to Mr Ratner, the previous millionaire whose jewelry chain collapsed after famously describing his merchandise as “complete crap”.
He instructed The Solar: “Any enterprise will let you know in case you’re ready of authority and also you spend your entire time telling everyone how rotten issues are, then you’ll ship a rotten final result.
“So Philip Hammond has change into the Gerald Ratner of politics as a result of he has no religion in his nation or in his nation’s companies or the individuals who stay in his nation and all he can see round him is catastrophe.”
Tory MP Nadine Dorries went a step additional – calling on the PM to sack Mr Hammond.
She fumed: “Philip Hammond has to go – he’s like a ball and chain across the Prime Minister’s leg and he’s a ball and chain on Brexit.
“All the pieces Philip Hammond does is to forestall or cease Brexit.
“We’d like an upbeat, outward wanting, asporicational chancellor who needs to embrace Brexit and all it has to supply, not somebody who’s completely attempting to cease it.
“I feel Sajid Javid can be an amazing Chancellor – I feel he’s born to be Chancellor.”
One other senior Tory stated: “There isn’t a single particular person now in politics who in any method can perceive why he’s nonetheless there as a result of he’s undermined the Prime Minister on each single flip.
“Everyone seems to be astonished that he nonetheless exists, he nonetheless stays in that place and he appears to be taking a very completely different line from her on each given event.”
No10 additionally laid naked its frustration at Mr Hammond’s failure to get clearance from the Prime Minister earlier than publishing the letter.
A Downing Road supply dismissed the evaluation as “preliminary and really a lot a piece in progress,” including: “As we now have at all times stated, Britain will finally succeed, it doesn’t matter what our explicit relationship is with the EU.”
However the PM’s deputy David Lidington defended the Chancellor’s divisive intervention.
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Mr Lidington claimed Mr Hammond was solely attempting to be punctual in replying to MPs.
And he insisted it was a coincidence that the Chancellor’s letter – which warned a no deal Brexit may wipe ten per cent off Britain’s nationwide revenue – was despatched on the identical day as Mr Raab’s long-awaited presentation of Britain’s contingency planning designed to kill off “scare tales”.
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