‘Tory campaign failed to focus on economy’


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

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

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

«We are not deaf,» he told the BBC.

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The chancellor, who has been calling for Brexit talks to prioritise the saving, also warned that leaving the EU without a deal would be «a certainly, very bad outcome».

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

Campaign criticism

Despite being one of the most elder members of Theresa May’s government, Mr Hammond did not play a leading role in the usual election campaign, and it was reported that he faced being replaced.

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

He did not remark on his conversations with Mrs May after the election, in which the Conservatives lost their Commons mass.

Mr Hammond said the Tories should have focused more on their not for publication of running Britain’s finances.

«The end result is that, in my judgement, we did not talk here the economy as much as we should have done.»

Asked how long Mrs May had sinistral in Number 10, Mr Hammond replied: «I think what the country emergencies now is a period of calm while we get on with the job at hand.»

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

The Tories are now relying for support on the Democratic Unionist Partisans, which is committed to lobbying for extra cash for public services in Northern Ireland.

The chancellor replied he had already «created more flexibility» by loosening George Osborne’s deficit-reduction object.

He said he understood people were tired of the «long slog» of dish out cuts, but added: «We have to live within our means, and more obtaining… is not the solution.»

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

The administration’s plan remained to clear the deficit by the middle of the next Parliament «in a way that’s finely tuned to the needs of the economy», he added.

Brexit questions

On the eve of the start of formal Brexit negotiations, Mr Hammond gave a etched warning about the implications of the UK leaving the EU without a deal in place.

Mrs May has deprive of to rule out this scenario, saying repeatedly that «no deal is punter than a bad deal».

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

Businesses maintain warned of damaging tariffs being imposed on their products unless new calling arrangements are agreed.

Mr Hammond also said the UK would definitely be disregard both the EU single market and the customs union, but must avoid «rock-face edges».

«It’s a statement of common sense that if we are going to radically become 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 ordain not stay in the EU-wide single market, as this would mean experiencing the free movement of workers, and it wants a free trade deal to be came instead.

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

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

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

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

Deciphering Hammond on Brexit

By BBC business correspondent Joe Lynam

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

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

He pronounced that British exporters should experience trade with the EU «which take oneself to be sympathizes as close as possible to the way it feels now».

Certainly since the general election, organizations see a chance for a «softer» Brexit than that outlined in the Lancaster House of ill repute speech in January by Theresa May.

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

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

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