Boris Johnson accuses Philip Hammond of ‘collaboration’ with EU The FT
- Boris Johnson has accused former chancellor Philip Hammond of undermining the government’s strategy with a “terrible collaboration” with the EU to thwart the UK’s departure from the bloc.During the first “People’s PMQs” — a Facebook Q&A where the prime minister answers questions from members of the public — the prime minister delivered a coded critique of MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit, such as Mr Hammond, who have taken a public stand against his strategy.
- “There’s a terrible collaboration, as it were, going on between people who think they can block Brexit in parliament and our European friends,” Mr Johnson said.
- “Our European friends are not moving in their willingness to compromise. They’re not compromising at all on the withdrawal agreement even though it’s been thrown out three times, they’re sticking to every letter, every comma of the withdrawal agreement, including the [Irish] backstop, because they still think that Brexit can be blocked in parliament.”
- Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the US House of Representatives, has warned that any trade deal with the UK had “no chance” of being approved by Congress if it jeopardised the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland.
- Ms Pelosi’s comments will dash hopes that the UK could move quickly to agree at least a partial trade pact with the US if it leaves the EU with no deal at the end of October.
- That possibility was raised by John Bolton, the White House national security adviser, on a visit to London this week.
- “Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement, including the seamless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, especially now, as the first generation born into the hope of Good Friday 21 years ago comes into adulthood,” Ms Pelosi said