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Philip Hammond fights back at accusations he’s sabotaging Brexit

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The Chancellor Philip Hammond has hit back at allegations of betrayal and sabotage over Brexit, insisting that he wouldn’t resign, that preparations were under way for all eventualities including a “no-deal” outcome, and that more money would be made available from reserves as and when necessary.

In Washington DC for the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund, the Chancellor said: “There is a group of people with some very clear views about what outcome they want to see… I am absolutely committed to delivering Brexit and hope that there is no doubt about that, but I do want to do it in a way that protects jobs, business and future prosperity.”

Mr Hammond rejected accusations of pessimism saying he found it “a slightly bizarre observation” and insisted that he was “very optimistic about the UK economy”.

Once current uncertainties, which are damaging consumption and investment, were resolved, he expected the economy to “start powering forward”.

Speaking to the BBC on Thursday, former Chancellor Nigel Lawson suggested Mr Hammond’s attitude towards Brexit negotiations came “very close to sabotage”.

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