OUTRAGEOUS: Hammond Says We Will Pay Divorce Bill Even With No Deal
Yesterday, Jacob Rees-Mogg slammed the Chancellor as being “factually wrong” regarding so-called “financial obligations” that Britain has to the EU but this hasn’t deterred the Remoaning Chancellor.
Hammond was speaking at a hearing of the Commons Treasury Committee. He was asked by an MP if paying the exit fee was “contingent” up a future trade relationship, he replied:
I would find it inconceivable that we as a nation would be walking away from an obligation that we recognised as an obligation; that’s just not a credible scenario, that’s not the kind of country we are and, frankly, it would not make us a credible partner for future international agreements.
This is not about agreeing a sum that somebody plucked out of thin air; this is about a carefully analysis of obligations and commitments that have been undertaken.
We would defend our corner vigorously where there was any scope for debate, but where it is clear we have entered into an obligation we will meet that obligation
Unsurprisingly, Jacob Rees-Mogg branded the remarks “unacceptable”. Although the Daily Express reported that Hammond had been ‘rebuked’ by Downing Street, in truth, the reply from a spokesman was evasive:
Asked if the country had a “moral obligation” to pay whatever the outcome of the Brexit talks, the spokesman added: “The Prime Minister has been clear that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed and that includes the financial settlement.”
The reality is that Mr Hammond remains in a job mostly because he is a convenient scapegoat for the Prime Minister and his presence provides a lightning rod which No10 can use to divert Brexiteer anger away from itself.