Brexit news: Boris Johnson attacked by Philip Hammond (Image: GETTY)
Mr Johnson launched his campaign on Wednesday where he portrayed himself as the man to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister. Following the launch of his campaign, however, Mr Hammond savaged Mr Johnson at an event in London, arguing that the former Foreign Secretary should not drive the UK towards a Brexit “cliff edge”. Mr Johnson has constantly stated that he intends to take the UK out of the EU by October 31 “with or without a deal”.
But the current Chancellor of the Exchequer has insisted that Mr Johnson should not persist with taking the UK out of the EU by October 31 if that causes a no deal Brexit.
Speaking at Bloomberg’s Sooner Than You Think, Mr Hammond said: “The EU is not likely to be prepared to reopen the withdrawal agreement we have already opened with them.
“I think it will be very difficult, in fact I think it will be impossible, to do this by October 31 and I don’t think it will be in our national interest that we drive towards this cliff-edge at speed.
“The fact we are changing the leader of the Conservative Party and the Prime Minister doesn’t change the basic dynamics of this problem, the parliamentary arithmetic remains exactly the same, the European Union’s position remains exactly the same.
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