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Philip Hammond, the former chancellor, says leaving EU without a deal would be a betrayal of the referendum result 10.24am BST Speaking on the Today programme, Hammond expressed confidence that parliament could block a new deal. He said: I’m very confident that the means exist for parliament to make its voice heard and to pass legislation that gives effect to the clear view of parliament.It’s very clear to me, and the Speaker of the House of Commons has also been very clear, that if a majority of MPs clearly want to go down a certain route, a means will be delivered to allow that to happen.More than 17 million people did not vote to leave the EU with no deal. That is the key point here. There is no mandate for leaving with no deal. It is absurd to suggest that the 52% of people that voted to leave the European Union all voted to leave with no deal when, in fact, as the BBC itself has pointed out, during the referendum campaign there was virtually no mention made by the leaders of that campaign at all of the possibility of leaving with no deal.Scrapping the Irish border ‘backstop’ is “effectively a wrecking tactic and the people behind this know that that means there will be no-deal” says @PhilipHammondUK #r4today #Brexit 10.16am BST This is the full text of the letter sent by Philip Hammond and others to the prime minister. The letter to the PM, and its significant Tory cast list: Continue reading…

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