‘Don’t blame Boris - it’s YOUR fault,’ ex-UKIP MEP tells Philip Hammond

, a vehement opponent of no deal, resigned from his job on July 23, the day was replaced by Mr Johnson. Having previously insisted he would do “everything in his power” to prevent Britain leaving the bloc on October 31 without a withdrawal agreement in place, Mr Hammond was explicit in his criticism of ’s administration on Saturday in an opinion piece in the Times.

However, Mr O’Flynn, who quit UKIP last year after leader Gerard Batten appointed as an adviser to the party, was unimpressed and made his feelings plain in an opinion piece in today’s Daily Telegraph in which branded Mr Hammond “limited in vision” and “conceited”.

Mr O’Flynn wrote: “After leading the EU to the confident conclusion that Britain would never leave without a deal while he was in office – thus removing any incentive it had to offer our country satisfactory departure terms – Mr Hammond is today seeking to repeat the same trick now he is out of office.

“Quite absurdly, he appears to regard himself as some kind of guru of Brexit, grandly declaring that to leave without a deal ‘would be a betrayal’ of the referendum result.

“In fact, like all his colleagues, he stood on a manifesto which said no deal was better than a bad deal and voted for an Article 50 process which was explicitly designed to conclude with a no deal departure in the absence of a deal satisfactory to MPs.

“Worse still, he has obviously been plotting to subvert the efforts of the new Government to finally get Britain out of the EU even if no comprehensive withdrawal agreement with Brussels has been ratified, today declaring himself ‘confident’ that Parliament will find a way to stop that.”

In a brutal assessment, added: “It is his failure to understand that he is just not all that good, that his natural place in the political ecosystem is to be one of those who doggedly implements ideas devised by more gifted colleagues.


In his Times article, Mr Hammond said: “In 2016 the British people were invited to vote for with a deal, and by a small margin they did so.

“They were told that a deal to protect Britain’s trade with the EU - our largest export market by far - would be ‘easy’ to do.

“To pretend now that 2016 Leave voters voted for a hard no deal Brexit is a total travesty of the truth.”

He later told Mr Hammond later told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme “leaving the European Union without a deal would be just as much of a betrayal as not leaving at all”, stressing “a means will be delivered” allowing MPs to block the no-deal option.

He has since taken to Twitter to respond to criticism contained in a tweet by Times deputy political editor , who quoted “a senior Number 10 source” as saying: “Hammond actively undermined the Govt’s negotiating position by frustrating and obstructing preparation to leave EU.

“Everyone knows the ex-chancellor’s real objective was to cancel the referendum result.”

In his first tweet since confirming his resignation as Chancellor on July 23, said: “Wrong.

“I want to deliver Brexit - and voted to do so three times.

“But ‘no deal’ is a far cry from the highly optimistic vision presented by the Leave campaign - and there is no mandate for it.”

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