It is considered that Boris Johnson and his fellow Tory leadership contenders do not intend on pursuing a no-deal Brexit if they become the prime minister, a warning by Philip Hammondit. The Chancellor argues that leaving the European Union without having any agreement will represent a hijacking of the referendum result of the year 2016. Also, this will purposely put the economy at great risk.
Further, he also says that the new MPs will be facing a challenge with the new prime minister who abandons the efforts to leave the European Union with a deal. This intervention tends to be a clear warning to Tory leadership that includes Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, and Esther McVey. In the past, they pushed for a no-deal exit from the bloc.
The foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and Liz Truss, who is also considering the bid of the leadership have also said that the UK should be ready to leave without a deal if necessary.
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The warning of the Chancellor states, “On the populist right, there are those who claim the only outcome that counts as a truly legitimate Brexit is to leave with no deal. It was clear back then in the 2016 deal that we would be able to leave with a deal. So, without a deal is like to hijack the referendum result. This, in turn, will have a huge impact on our economy and also the standards of our living”. Further, he also said that all the preparation done in the world will not be able to keep away the consequences of the no-deal.
It was also said that, if the people do not take an initiative and resolve the issue in the few weeks to come then the risk will be real of the new prime minister abandoning the search for a deal. There will be a shift towards seeking a damaging no-deal exit as a matter of policy.
The One Nation Conservatives group that was formed newly said that they would go against anyone who would usher in a no-deal departure from the European Union.
Digital minister Margot James mentioned this during the meeting of the parliament where he said that there are candidates who do their best and make sure that the country doesn’t leave without a deal and that is what needs to be looked into. So that they can get out of the contest of this leadership.
The warnings came as Theresa May was preparing to ask some questions to her cabinet to agree to some of the demands of the Labour’s Brexit, which was then followed by weeks of ill-fated talks which had their aim to strike a deal with the Opposition.
Apart from this, the Prime Minister has promised a bold and new offer when the MPs will cast their vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in early June. Even though there have been so many talks between the government of the UK and the Labour breaking down.