- Philip Hammond has admonished prime minister hopefuls about becoming another Theresa May
- He says that compromise and sacrifice needs to be given from all parties involved in Brexit
One of the most controversial events of the entire Brexit process has been the announcement of the resignation of British Prime Minister Theresa May which marks the second time a British Prime Minister will be resigning with regards to the matter of Brexit. She fought a bitter battle in parliament that saw her try to compromise with her political opponents but it was clear that her best efforts did not pan out the way she had liked.
Now, Philip Hammond the Chancellor of the Exchequer has advised the various Tory leadership hopefuls who are looking to replace May. According to a June 3, 2019 report, he has urged them to avoid becoming “Theresa May mark two’ and end up in a similar Brexit deadlock when they take office later this year.
Hammond has gone on to stress that the new prime minister will have to show that they are different from Theresa May and not make her mistake, which has been quite costly. So far many candidates have stated that they will attempt to reopen discussion surrounding the deal that May negotiated with Brussels and try to finally have a vote in parliament.
This will not work, according to Hammond, as the EU has disbanded the negotiating team and it is quite obvious that the time to negotiating is over. This is not a unanimous opinion as certain exceptions such as Esther McVey and Sam Gyimah want to leave with no deal and a second referendum respectively.
“An extension of time to try to renegotiate, when the EU has already said they have finished the negotiation and, indeed, have disbanded their negotiating team, strikes me as a not very auspicious policy,” Hammond said.
A lot of lessons that can be taken away from the Brexit issue one of which is the need to find a compromise on political stances. Hammond has hinted that he would like to support a second referendum to break the current Brexit deadlock. However, he says, not delivering the Brexit that was voted for by the British Public would be a breach of faith and undermined the British political system.
As for Parliament, he says they will need to get on their high horses and accept the fact that each party will have to give up something that they want to label to push a deal and that they might be grumpy and dissatisfied but they must make the sacrifice as it is the only way for the country to move forward. Hopefully, whoever replaces May as prime minister will embody this lesson and lead the UK out of their current dilemma.