Philip Hammond: UK Must Resolve Brexit But Changing PM May Wouldn’t Help


Today, Philip Hammond, the British finance minister said that the United Kingdom must come up with a way to leave the European Union in an orderly fashion instead of trying to oust Theresa May,  the British Prime Minister.

When asked by Sky News regarding the newspaper reports of a plot by senior ministers to remove PM May from her position and whether she had run out of the road, Hammond stated: “No. I don’t think that is the case at all.”

He added: “Changing prime minister wouldn’t help us.”

He continued: “To be talking about changing the players on the board, frankly, is self-indulgent at this time.”

When Hammond was asked whether he was trying to get David Lidington, the de-facto deputy of PM May, to take over as the interim prime minister, Hammond stated: “That’s not the case.”

He added: “I’m realistic that we may not be able to get a majority for the prime minister’s (Brexit) deal and if that is the case then parliament will have to decide not just what it’s against but what it is for.”

When asked regarding the possible options for Brexit, Hammond said that he was not sure if there was a majority in parliament for a second referendum, however, he said that it was a coherent proposition.

He is the first cabinet minister to agree that the supporters of fresh Brexit referendum have a case. He said that the referendum “deserves to be considered.”

Hammond stated: “It’s clear there is going to be an opportunity over the next few days for the House of Commons, if it doesn’t approve the prime minister’s deal, to try to find a majority behind another proposition that it can take forward.”

His remark will give an enormous boost to the push for a Final Say referendum, a day after that an estimated one million people marched through London to call for it.

PM May has repeatedly said that she opposes another vote since it would betray the decision of the British public in the first referendum that happened three years ago.