Philip Hammond 'tells Theresa May he will not quit' amid Brexit infighting

Posted On: 
19th October 2016

Philip Hammond has vowed to stay in post as Chancellor and not be “pushed about” by Brexit ministers amid claims of infighting, a report has said.

Prime Minister Theresa May with her Chancellor Philip Hammond
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Mr Hammond has been subjected to negative briefing from pro-Brexit ministers after he warned about the economic impact of a proposed new work permit system to prevent unskilled EU immigrants coming to the UK.

But according to the Daily Telegraph the Chancellor told Prime Minister Theresa May he would not succumb to pressure and quit.

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A source said: "The Brexiteers can say what they like but the economic realities are what they are.

“He has made it absolutely clear to Theresa that he is here to stay. His responsibility will be to keep the economy in the best shape possible.

"He is a man who is guided by the figures and the facts. Where there are risks he will not be afraid to spell them out."

The source added that Mr Hammond believes he is the "right man for difficult times" and won't be "pushed about" by Brexit ministers.

Pro-Remain ministers, including Greg Clark, Damian Green and Justine Greening, have apparently sided with the Chancellor's doubts and offered him their support.

One senior MP praised the Chancellor as “incredibly courageous” for highlighting the risks of Brexit in Cabinet meetings.

They added that a number of Cabinet members and more junior ministers backed him but were nervous about speaking out publicly because of the fear of repercussions.

Mrs May was on Monday forced to publicly stand behind her Chancellor, with her spokesperson insisting the Prime Minister has “full confidence” in Mr Hammond.

The report comes as Mrs May ordered the Government's immigration taskforce to draw up proposals for a “targeted visa system” to cut the numbers coming to the UK.