Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign

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Chancellor Philip Hammond has criticised the way the Reactionaries fought the general election campaign, saying there should entertain been more focus on the economy.

Mr Hammond said he was unhappy with the low-key duty he was given and that the Tories should have put more effort into «dismantling» Deceived by’s plans.

He also said the government «heard a message» in the election that in the flesh were «weary» of spending cuts.

«We are not deaf,» he told the BBC.

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The chancellor, who has been mtier for Brexit talks to prioritise the economy, also warned that beat it the EU without a deal would be «a very, very bad outcome».

But a deal designed to «lock up» the UK would be even worse, he said on BBC One’s Andrew Marr show.

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Despite being one of the most senior members of Theresa May’s oversight, Mr Hammond did not play a leading role in the general election campaign, and it was reported that he mugged being replaced.

«It’s true that my role [in the campaign] was not the one I would have on the agenda c trick liked it to be,» he said.

He did not comment on his conversations with Mrs May after the election, in which the Conservatives bewildered their Commons majority.

Mr Hammond said the Tories should maintain focused more on their record of running Britain’s finances.

«The end follow-up is that, in my judgement, we did not talk about the economy as much as we should keep done.»

Asked how long Mrs May had left in Number 10, Mr Hammond answered: «I think what the country needs now is a period of calm while we get on with the job at dole out.»

There have been calls for a change in economic strategy since the appointment, which Labour fought on an anti-austerity platform.

The Tories are now relying for boost on the Democratic Unionist Party, which is committed to lobbying for extra specie for public services in Northern Ireland.

The chancellor said he had already «generated more flexibility» by loosening George Osborne’s deficit-reduction target.

He contemplated he understood people were tired of the «long slog» of spending settles, but added: «We have to live within our means, and more borrowing… is not the mixture.»

He said «we have never said we won’t raise some taxes», but combined that overall the government wanted to keep them low.

The government’s envision remained to clear the deficit by the middle of the next Parliament «in a way that’s acute to the needs of the economy», he added.

Brexit questions

On the eve of the start of formal Brexit bargainings, Mr Hammond gave a strong warning about the implications of the UK leaving the EU without a large in place.

Mrs May has refused to rule out this scenario, saying repeatedly that «no arrangement is better than a bad deal».

Mr Hammond said having no deal command be «a very, very bad outcome for Britain» but added that he would not concur to one that aimed to «suck the lifeblood out of our economy over a period of span».

Businesses have warned of damaging tariffs being imposed on their artifacts unless new trade arrangements are agreed.

Mr Hammond also said the UK last wishes a definitely be leaving both the EU single market and the customs union, but must evade «cliff edges».

«It’s a statement of common sense that if we are going to radically trade the way we work together, we need to get there via a slope, not a cliff edge.»

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The government has previously said it inclination not stay in the EU-wide single market, as this would mean suffering the free movement of workers, and it wants a free trade deal to be harmonized instead.

It also plans to replace its membership of the customs union, which aids tariff-free trading within the EU, with a new arrangement that lets it pelt trade deals with the rest of the world.

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Also appearing on the Andrew Marr Picture, Labour’s Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer said Britain could not be left a full member of the single market after leaving the EU but argued for hold back customs union membership «on the table».

He added: «I think the prime help has got us into a complete mess.

«She’s got no mandate here and she’s got no authority abroad and the bargaining starts tomorrow.»


Deciphering Hammond on Brexit

By BBC business correspondent Joe Lynam

If you’re in the subject of reading tea leaves, you’ll have your work cut out in trying to decipher what Philip Hammond truly said today.

On the one hand he said that Britain will unquestionably be quitting the customs union, which will dismay business push groups, but the chancellor also hinted that the UK might then craving to automatically opt back into Europe’s tariff-free trading block.

He ordered that British exporters should experience trade with the EU «which feels as suffocating as possible to the way it feels now».

Certainly since the general election, employers see a happen for a «softer» Brexit than that outlined in the Lancaster House articulation in January by Theresa May.

For the first time in recent memory all five of the largest business groups (CBI, BCC, IoD, EEF and FSB) have co-signed a letter to Business Secretary Greg Clark in form pushing for all the benefits of EU membership without being a member.

Squaring that crowd might be the political challenge of our generation.

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