As rival parts of the Conservative Party air their disagreements over Brexit, Philip Hammond has become the latest minister to be called into question. One minister even said Downing Street now has “a stench of death”, with some Tories calling for Theresa May and Boris Johnson to be sacked as well.
So now, it’s unclear how much longer the Prime Minister and those around her can tolerate the “stench”.
‘A difficult time’
If I were Prime Minister, the person I would be demoting or sacking would be Philip Hammond… I think he has been deliberately trying to make the Brexit negotiations difficult, stall them, obfuscate the issues. I just don’t think he has been 100% on board.
he’s trying to steer, of course, a very difficult time for the public finances.
But she didn’t note that uncertainty over Brexit is one reason why public finances are “very difficult” at the moment.
Instead, she insisted:
I think that he has the support of business. I think that the ability that he has to ensure that he explains the government’s thinking to business is one of the great strengths of the government right now.
You can watch the interview with Davidson here:
— Peston (@itvpeston) October 8, 2017
After that, we’ll see how long this crumbling house of cards can hold together.
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