Mr Hammond has stated he will resign as Chancellor as he could not “accept” a no deal Brexit as proposed by Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson. Mr Hammond who has been in Number 11 for three years, has been a longterm critic of the prospect of Britain leading the bloc without an agreement on October 31. The outgoing Chancellor had been widely tipped to be axed by Mr Johnson if he wins the Tory leadership contest on Tuesday. Mr Hammond, was asked on the BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show if he thought he would be sacked, Mr Hammond said: “No, I’m sure I’m not going to be sacked because I’m going to resign before we get to that point.”
Mr Hammond insisted he could never “sign up to” a no deal Brexit and stated it is “very important” the Chancellor and Prime Minister “closely aligned” on policy.
He added: “Assuming that Boris Johnson becomes the next prime minister, I understand that his conditions for serving in his government would include accepting a no-deal exit on the 31st October and it’s not something that I could ever sign up to.
“It’s very important that the prime minister is able to have a chancellor who is closely aligned with him in terms of policy and I therefore intend to resign to Theresa May before she goes to the Palace to tender her own resignation on Wednesday.”
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Earlier this week, Mr Hammond outlined his opposition to a no deal Brexit by defying the Government whip in the House of Commons.
Mr Hammond abstained from voting with the Government in order to reject a cross-party amendment aimed to block the next leader from proroguing parliament.
During a pressing interview, Mr Hammond also refused to rule out voting against the Government in a vote of confidence – if the next Prime Minister went ahead with a no deal Brexit.
When asked by Mr Marr whether he would vote against the new prime minister in a vote of no confidence, he said: “I don’t think it will get to that and, while many clever people have been scratching their heads, Parliamentary process is extraordinarily complex and sometimes arcane.
“I am confident that Parliament does have a way of preventing a no-deal exit on October 31 without parliamentary consent and I intend to work with others to ensure parliament uses its power to make sure that the new Government can’t do that.
“The point of that is not to inflict some defeat on the new government, it is to ensure that the new government focuses then on trying to achieve a sensible, negotiated settlement with the EU that protects our economy and allows us all to get on with our lives.”
Further resignations from Mrs May’s cabinet is expected before the next Prime Minister swoops into Number 10.
Justice Secretary, David Gauke, revealed this morning he will quit the front bench and insisted he will not be prepared “to sign up to” a no deal Brexit.
Mr Gauke told The Sunday Times: “Given that I’ve been in the Cabinet since Theresa May came to power, I think the appropriate thing is for me to resign to her.”
He added: “If the test of loyalty to stay in the Cabinet is a commitment to support no-deal on October 31 – which, to be fair to him, Boris has consistently said – then that’s not something I’m prepared to sign up to.
“I recognise that this spell in government is coming to an end. Given that I’ve been in the Cabinet since Theresa May came to power, I think the appropriate thing is for me to resign to her.”