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Michael Heseltine has called for an end to the ‘show trial’ of Philip Hammond by Brexiteers angered by the Chancellor’s support for a soft Brexit.
The ex-Deputy Prime Minister singles out former Cabinet colleague Nigel Lawson for criticism after he claimed Mr Hammond should be moved because his attitude to Brexit came ‘close to sabotage’.
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In a stinging attack, Lord Heseltine describes Lord Lawson’s view as ‘ludicrous’.
The Tory peer’s outspoken remarks, in today’s Mail on Sunday, come after a tumultuous week for the Chancellor.
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Mr Hammond was attacked for saying he would not set aside money to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit just to ‘send a message’ to the EU, and came under heavy criticism for being ‘pessimistic’ about our economic prospects after we leave.
On Friday he was forced to apologise for describing the EU as ‘the enemy’.
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Lord Heseltine, who served in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet when Lord Lawson was Chancellor, argues that Brexiteers are ‘increasingly anxious’ that popular opinion is turning against them, and ‘have turned their panic into hate’.
The former Defence Secretary writes: ‘So it has...
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