The video, republished today by Guido Fawkes, shows the former Chancellor claiming anyone who wanted to pursue and deliver a clean Brexit could only look at World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. Mr Hammond said in 2016: “Let’s look for a moment now at the default option – the World Trade Organisation rules, which is where we will end up if we leave the EU without a deal agreed. For anyone who wants to ensure a clean break with the EU, the WTO is the only honest model.”
The video resurfaced on the same day the former Chancellor warned a no deal Brexit would be a “betrayal” of what Britons voted for in the 2016 EU referendum.
Mr Hammond also hit out at “those who are pulling the strings in Downing Street, those who are setting the strategy”.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday, he said: “Boris Johnson has told me privately, and he’s told the country publicly, that he is determined to get a deal, and confident that he can get one. But I fear there are other people around him whose agenda is different.”
On Wednesday, a tweet by Steve Swinford, The Times’ deputy political editor, cited “a senior No 10 source” as saying: “Hammond actively undermined the Govt’s negotiating position by frustrating and obstructing preparation to leave EU.
“Everyone knows the ex-Chancellor’s real objective was to cancel the referendum result.”
For anyone who wants to ensure a clean break with the EU, the WTO is the only honest model
In response to the allegation, Mr Hammond tweeted: “I want to deliver Brexit – and voted to do so three times.
“But ‘No Deal’ is a far cry from the highly optimistic vision presented by the Leave campaign – and there is no mandate for it.”
The former Chancellor penned a letter to Boris Johnson to say his unwillingness to move forward without Brussels scrapping the Irish backstop has “set the bar so high that there is no realistic probability of a deal being done”.
The letter was signed by 20 other senior Conservative Party members, including seven ex-Cabinet ministers.
The bombshell letter shatters the peace that has existed among Tory members since Boris Johnson was elected.
The rebel group’s letter, dated August 12, begins congratulating Mr Johnson on the recent election as well as his own and his team’s performance during his first few weeks in office.
However, the letter then outlines how Mr Johnson’s resoluteness on the issue of the Irish border is preventing the chance for a deal.
The letter reads: “We place great importance on the commitments you made during your election campaign, both publicly and privately, to pursue vigorously a deal with the European Union that will protect British jobs, businesses and prosperity and your stated view that the chances of No Deal are very small.
“You will have our complete and wholehearted support in seeking to agree such a deal.
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“However, we are alarmed by the ‘Red Lines’ that you have drawn which, on the face of it appear to eliminate the chance of reaching agreement with the EU.
“Any deal necessarily has to be a compromise, and many commentators feel that you have set the bar so high that there is no realistic probability of a deal being done.
“We would therefore greatly appreciate your confirmation that you remain committed to doing a deal; that you accept that any such deal will most likely require compromise and that it remains your view that the chance of No Deal is “less than a million to one”.
“This will reassure not only us but also the currency markets.”
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