Ex-chancellor Philip Hammond blasts Boris Johnson's 'tantrums'

Ex-chancellor Philip Hammond blasts Boris Johnson’s ‘threats and tantrums’ saying he will vote AGAINST the PM’s call for a pre-Christmas election because he wants a Brexit deal done first

Former chancellor Philip Hammond launched an astonishing attack on ‘threats and tantrums’ by Boris Johnson’s administration today as he revealed he would vote against plans for an early general election.

The former Tory said he wanted a Brexit deal done before voters go to the polls and said there was a need for ‘cool’ heads in the Government.

His position, if shared by the other 20 ex-Conservative MPs who lost or surrendered the party whip over a no Deal Brexit, means Mr Johnson is almost certain to lose a vote on a pre-Christmas election tomorrow. 

Mr Hammond told Ridge on Sunday: ‘ I will vote against it. This is not the time for a general election. This is a time for cool heads and grown-up Government.’

Mr Hammond told Ridge on Sunday: ‘ I will vote against it. This is not the time for a general election. This is a time for cool heads and grown-up Government’

He added that the UK could leave the EU by the end of November ‘if the Government just stops messing about’.

Mr Hammond, who quit the Cabinet in July before Mr Johnson took office, lost the Tory whip last month. He indicated that if there was a general election he would run in his Runnymede and Weybridge seat as an independent.

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