Furious IDS brands Hammond a political criminal over failure to prepare for no ...

IAIN DUNCAN SMITH accused former Chancellor Philip Hammond of committing a "political crime" as he failed to prepare the United Kingdom for a no deal Brexit scenario in nearly three years in the role.

PUBLISHED: 10:13, Wed, Aug 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 10:18, Wed, Aug 14, 2019

Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) claimed the failure to thrash out appropriate plans for a no deal Brexit had forced the United Kingdom to "swallow" every request the European Union made to the British Government. Mr Duncan Smith insisted Philip Hammond and his team had not prepared the country to quit the bloc without an agreement, accusing them of committing a "political crime." Speaking to the BBC's Today programme after Mr Hammond discussed his opposition to no deal, the former Conservative leader said: "I was astounded – I mean, talk about hubris.

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"By failing to prepare to leave with no deal, they made it certain we had to swallow everything that the European Union gave us.

"The crime has been committed, in political terms, by him and those who did not prepare us to leave. That meant we had no negotiating position whatsoever and we were taken to the cleaners by the EU."

He added: "The fact we are now doing that gives us a much better chance to get and agreement from them because they now know we can leave with no deal and he is undermining that."

Mr Hammond however opened the Treasury's purse-strings while in Government to set aside £4.2billion allocated across departments to help prepare for no deal. His successor Sajid Javid added another £2.1billion to the war chest shortly after his appointment.

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Brexit news - Philip Hammond Iain Duncan SmithBrexit news: Duncan Smith said Hammond and his team had committed a "political crime" (Image: GETTY•ITV)

Brexit news - Iain Duncan Smith IDSBrexit news: IDS said the Government now has a better chance of securing a deal with the EU (Image: ITV)

More than 17 million people didn’t vote to leave the EU with no deal. That’s the key point here

Philip Hammond

During his interview with the BBC, Mr Hammond insisted the Government does not have the mandate to deliver a no deal Brexit.

The former Chancellor said: "More than 17 million people didn’t vote to leave the EU with no deal. That’s the key point here.

"There’s no mandate for leaving with no deal – it’s absurd to suggest that the 52 percent of people who voted to leave the European Union all voted to leave with no deal.

"In fact, as the BBC itself has pointed out, during the referendum campaign

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