The former Conservative Party leader took aim at staunch Remainers Philip Hammond and Mr Grieve, mocking them for going into a “furious spin” because they are “panicking” at the possibility of Boris Johnson striking a deal with the European Union. He accused the pair and their “cohorts” of seemingly starting to hatch a last-ditch plan to force the UK to remain in the EU beyond October 31. Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Mr Duncan Smith claimed “we shouldn’t be surprised” at their changing positions over Brexit as they both have “form”.
Philip Hammond, Dominic Grieve and their cohorts, panicking at the possibility that Boris Johnson may actually now get a deal, have seemingly started hatching a plot to force the UK to stay in the EU beyond the October 31
Iain Duncan Smith
He said: “Not long ago, ‘rebel Remainers’ in the Tory Party swore faithfully that they voted for the Benn “Surrender Act” because they wanted to ensure Boris Johnson got a deal.
“I can recall vividly in the House of Commons how they all nodded sagely when Oliver Letwin stated that this was their only goal.
“Yet within just a few weeks, many of those nodding heads now seem to be shaking heads.
“Philip Hammond, Dominic Grieve and their cohorts, panicking at the possibility that Boris Johnson may actually now get a deal, have seemingly started hatching a plot to force the UK to stay in the EU beyond the October 31.
Brexit news: Iain Duncan Smith is furious at Philip Hammond and Dominic Grieve (Image: GETTY)
Brexit news: The former Tory leader accused Remainers of trying to sabotage a deal (Image: GETTY)
“We shouldn’t be surprised. After all, so many of these complainants have form when it comes to changing their position on the issue of Brexit.
“After Britain voted to Leave, they vowed to uphold the result, and decried a second referendum. Grieve himself said in 2016 that, “If you invoke Article 50 it is a one way street to exit, with no agreement … if necessary”.
“Yet now it seems these and other pledges are to be trashed. As well as abandoning democratic commitments, many have even taken to casually abandoning their previous political views.”
Mr Duncan Smith said free trade is a “cornerstone” of Conservative policy, but lashed out at former Chancellor Mr Hammond, accusing him of last week criticising the theory Britain would be able to increase its gross domestic product (GDP) significantly by signing trade deals around the world.
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He claimed Mr