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Furious IDS brands Hammond a political criminal over failure to prepare for no deal Brexit

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Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) claimed the failure to thrash out appropriate plans for a no deal Brexit had forced the United Kingdom to “swallow” every request the European Union made to the British Government. Mr Duncan Smith insisted Philip Hammond and his team had not prepared the country to quit the bloc without an agreement, accusing them of committing a “political crime.” Speaking to the BBC’s Today programme after Mr Hammond discussed his opposition to no deal, the former Conservative leader said: “I was astounded – I mean, talk about hubris.

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“By failing to prepare to leave with no deal, they made it certain we had to swallow everything that the European Union gave us.

“The crime has been committed, in political terms, by him and those who did not prepare us to leave. That meant we had no negotiating position whatsoever and we were taken to the cleaners by the EU.”

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He added: “The fact we are now doing that gives us a much better chance to get and agreement from them because they now know we can leave with no deal and he is undermining that.”

Mr Hammond however opened the Treasury’s purse-strings while in Government to set aside £4.2billion allocated across departments to help prepare for no deal. His successor Sajid Javid added another £2.1billion to the war chest shortly after his appointment.

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Furious IDS brands Hammond a political criminal over failure to prepare for no deal Brexit

Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) claimed the failure to thrash out appropriate plans for a no deal Brexit had forced the United Kingdom to “swallow” every request the European Union made to the British Government. Mr Duncan Smith insisted Philip Hammond and his team had not prepared the country to quit the bloc without an agreement, accusing them of committing a “political crime.”

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