The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced this morning on The Andrew Marr Show that he’ll resign on Wednesday if, as expected, Boris Johnson wins the race to become the next Prime Minister. Hammond made it clear he is planning to resign because he is not willing to facilitate a disastrous No Deal on October 31 without the consent of Parliament.
This follows on from David Gauke, the Justice Secretary, also pre-emptively announcing his resignation from a Boris Johnson-led Government because of opposition to No Deal.
Commenting, Baroness Ros Altmann, Conservative peer and leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The prospect of a Boris Johnson-led Government trying to drag the country out of the EU and into a disastrous No Deal scenario is growing all the time. That's why it’s so encouraging to see more and more pragmatic, patriotic Conservatives like Philip Hammond and David Gauke are now standing up and saying they will not allow this to happen on their watch.
“The Conservative Party has always stood for the national interest and, now more than ever, we must not forget our values or our duty to our country.
“True Conservatives like Philip Hammond and David Gauke know that acting in the long-term interests of the Union and the British people rather than the short-term interests of the party should be our guiding star. We must seek a solution that ensures – whether we eventually leave the EU or stay – the deadlock in Parliament is broken and that any outcome is a legitimate one. The best way to deliver a lasting and stable conclusion to this crisis is also the most democratic way. We need everyone’s voice to be heard. We need a People's Vote.”