Hammond – the latest Brexit dissenter?

October 12, 2017 Europe , Opinion , OPINION/NEWS , POLITICS , UK

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Hazel Speed


First it was Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson who kept being challenged for his comments and articles on Brexit, but now it is the Chancellor, Philip Hammond.  The demure, non-smiling and serious Minister has tied himself up in knots with some surprising contradictions.

Firstly, when asked about funding and plans in readiness of any ‘no deal’ outcome with Europe, he responded: For every Pound spent to put various hardware in place (borders and ports), would take it away from other areas, e.g. NHS, etc.

(Note: It is interesting that only in defence of providing an answer to protect his financial corner is the NHS card played as an area of hopeful non-retort as such).

Only at the last minute would money be made available.  Wow!  Mr Remain wants just that, it would seem, as to put in place Customs/hard borders, etc, will take planning.


He then went on to remark on matters that perhaps the day after the UK leaves Europe it may be that planes are unable to fly.  Presumably he is inferring air routes, air space permissions, etc, etc.

So should the EU be reassured that the Chancellor really is helping their cause, and is Mr Hammond a political ‘sleeper’ for the Remain endeavours as some of his colleagues have always believed?

Perhaps the Prime Minister should finally ‘take a stand’ as she too is prolonging the inevitable by dragging out negotiations pleasing all sides.  There is something annoying about that type of tactic, many people prefer honesty with colours to the mast – and in this case, the country voted for the Union Flag.


If Europe is not prepared to proceed to the next stage of negotiations, then many think that the Prime Minister should walk away and be done with it.


With regard to all opposition Parties, perhaps the Prime Minister might respond to taunts as to when ‘businesses will know’ a decision, by saying if the MPs want an immediate decision, right then OK, she and her team have tried their best in negotiations, but at this point in time, (if she has to give an answer at the next Prime Minister’s Questions), then Britain is walking away as of March 2019.

After all, regardless of businesses, (and many of those voted Leave by the way), over a million majority individual voters voted to Leave Europe, but like the UK residents who live throughout the continent, nobody bothers about them either it would seem, a couple of issues which angers the average voters who think both aspects are paramount.





Hazel Speed

Photo (c) Hazel Speed – used by kind permision to Tuck Magazine

Hazel Speed is a Philosopher, Writer, and Artist with various creative projects at differing stages of development. Her flaship project is an animation which has produced a film short: www.thepinkprofessor.com. She has also written an E-novel, ‘Just Suppose…!‘ which is available via the attached link.

Art sites: www.candystoreart.comwww.terrificart.comwww.artbadges.co.uk

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