I will not back government’s election bid, says UK former finance minister

Published October 27, 2019, 6:01 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Reuters

LONDON – Britain’s former finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday he would vote against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid on Monday to force an election, saying parliament should be focused on trying to secure a deal to leave the European Union.

Britain's Conservative MP Philip Hammond leaves the Houses of Parliament after parliament discussed Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019.  (REUTERS/Tom Nicholson/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)
Britain’s Conservative MP Philip Hammond leaves the Houses of Parliament after parliament discussed Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019. (REUTERS/Tom Nicholson/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

“I shall be voting against him. This is not the time to be holding a general election, it is a time for cool heads and grown up government,” Hammond told Sky News, adding that parliament should instead be scrutinizing the Brexit deal.

“The government should stop making threats, stop throwing tantrums and get on with the grown up business of doing its business.”

 
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I will not back government’s election bid, says UK former finance minister

Published October 27, 2019, 10:01 AM

by Reuters

LONDON – Britain’s former finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday he would vote against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid on Monday to force an election, saying parliament should be focused on trying to secure a deal to leave the European Union.

Britain's Conservative MP Philip Hammond leaves the Houses of Parliament after parliament discussed Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019.  (REUTERS/Tom Nicholson/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

Britain’s Conservative MP Philip Hammond leaves the Houses of Parliament after parliament discussed Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019. (REUTERS/Tom Nicholson/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

“I shall be voting against him. This is not the time to be holding a general election, it is a time for cool heads and grown up government,” Hammond told Sky News, adding that parliament should instead be scrutinizing the Brexit deal.

“The government should stop making threats, stop throwing tantrums and get on with the grown up business of doing its business.”

 
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