The Chancellor, Philip Hammond has reinforced his Remainer credentials with his comments on a general election, a second referendum and a WTO Brexit.
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Philip Hammond has now talked on three major Brexit issues and, as far as I am concerned, shown that he is a Remainer through and through. As if we didn't know.
With 11 Tory MPs with their hats in the ring to vie for the keys to Number Ten and Penny Mourdant the newly installed Defence Secretary tipped to make it a round dozen, Hammond has warned that a no deal Brexit, or more accurately a WTO Brexit, would be a disaster for the UK economy.
He has also said that they should be wary of making too many spending pledges.
His comments on a WTO Brexit are obviously aimed at those candidates, such as the current favourite, Boris Johnson, former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, who have indicated they would leave the EU at the end of the current Article 50 extension on the 31st of October, deal or no deal.
It is also probably an attempt by Hammond to try and take some of the sting out of the pressure being applied on Tory leadership hopefuls by the very recent and staggering win by Nigel Farage and The Brexit Party in the EU parliament elections.
Would the Tories really vote for a general election with Farage breathing down their necks?
Hammond told the BBC:
"We need to get the spectre of a no-deal exit off the table. Leaving with no deal would be a very bad outcome for the economy."
He also said:
"I’m not sure that people necessarily have understood what a risk we would be taking, not only with our economy but also with the future of our precious United Kingdom if we left with no deal"
And speaking to Sky News he indicated that he would vote to bring his own government down if the new Occupant of Number Ten pursued a no deal Brexit, saying that 'the national interest trumps party interest'.
He also told radio 4 that he wasn't sure that a general election would solve the Brexit issue, meaning that it might need a second referendum.
There is also speculation that Hammond might make it an eventual Baker's Dozen of Tory leadership candidates by also entering as a candidate.
Now, Brussels has made it absolutely clear that there will be no renegotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement. That's it, no more talking, it's decision time.
As I see it there are the following four options available to the UK:
One: Ratify the Withdrawal Agreement surrender treaty before the 31st of October.
This would make the UK a permanent colony of the EU thus destroying any hopes of the UK ever re-emerging as an independent, sovereign nation.
It would also destroy any party holding the government baton at the time.
Two: keep asking for Article 50 extensions to try and get the Withdrawal Agreement through, or to get to a point where a second EU referendum can be called.
This would ensure that the current Remainer caused uncertainty will continue while an even more divisive referendum was held – and it would also destroy any government party.
Three: We could revoke the Article 50 letter so permanently reversing Brexit.
This would be the most damaging and divisive act that any government could take. It would kill democracy in the UK and the party in government would not survive it.
Four: Leave with a proper free trade deal, or without one, on the 31st October this year, having gone full steam ahead with no deal planning to keep the bumps as minimal as possible.
In my opinion, that last option is now be the only democratic and sensible avenue to take.
Brexiteers have worked tirelessly making the case for leaving the EU and took the political route towards winning a referendum fair and square.
But still the losing Remainers believe that they have the right to force EU membership on the rest of us – but they do not!