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Philip Hammond [Image: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters]

What does this tell us about Philip Hammond?

Actually, it tells us very little about him. Tories seem to have loved him until his Brexit plan came out last month.

So it tells us more about Tories and Brexit, really.

It tells us they would rather revert to harsh World Trade Organisation import/export rules than negotiate favourable deals on similar lines to what we already have with the EU.

It tells us they believe the UK needs stronger controls on immigration – even though we already have controls we have never used; and what about Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson’s admission that including students in immigration figures is a huge distortion of the facts?

It tells us they are happy for the UK to run up a horrifying balance of payments debt as new deals are likely to put us at a disadvantage; the current debt is more than 400 per cent of our annual GDP.

… Basically, it tells us they’ve already moved out of Europe and are now living in cloud-cuckooland.

Philip Hammond’s approval rating among Conservative Party members has sunk after the Chancellor set out his vision for a softer Brexit and advocated a lengthy transitional deal with the European Union.

A ConservativeHome survey of the party’s rank and file found that Mr Hammond had a net satisfaction rating of minus 25.4.

That represents a major fall in the Chancellor’s popularity among party members after he was given a rating of plus 32.4 before the June 8 general election.

The latest survey was conducted in July – the same month in which Mr Hammond set out his vision for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Source: Philip Hammond’s approval rating falls to ‘record low’ among Tory party members


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