Philip Hammond, the British Chancellor, has said that the Brexit deal of Theresa May is better than staying in the European Union. His remarks come as the Prime Minister heads to Brussels to attend a summit with European leaders.
Hammond said that he disagreed with Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), who said that May’s Brexit deal was a worse outcome for the United Kingdom than a government that is led by Jeremy Corbyn.
Hammond voted remain in the Brexit referendum of 2016. When asked the Today programme of the BBC Radio 4, he said that he believed that the deal was better than staying in the European Union.
He stated: “I campaigned originally in the referendum to remain in the European Union, but the outcome of the referendum was that a majority of people in this country voted to leave.”
He added: “The country is split down the middle, and what we have got to do now is bring the country back together so that we can move on and take advantage of the opportunities that are available to Britain in the future.”
He also said that the deal respected the result of the 2016 referendum and that it offered “the best compromise possible.”
The support of Hammond comes as the leaders of the 27 remaining member states of the European Union are preparing to vote on the withdrawal agreement today.
Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, has recommended that the European Union approve the deal at a summit that will be held today.
Spain said that it will vote down the deal unless it excludes Gibraltar, however, PM May has insisted that the British territory will be included in the agreement.
Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish Prime Minister, has now received enough reassurances from the government of the United Kingdom over the issue.