Either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will become Tory leader and Prime Minister this week, with the former foreign secretary, tipped to take the country forward. But, speaking on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced he would resign if Mr Johnson won the Tory leadership election. Announcing the news on LBC, Jacob Rees-Mogg delivered a hilariously sarcastic response to the Chancellor’s comments.
The Conservative MP for North East Somerset said: “Coming up in the next hour, the Justice Minister and Lord High Chancellor, David Gauke, has said Britain is about to be humiliated and he will resign if Boris is given the keys, there aren’t actually keys but, given occupancy of Number 10.
“Some breaking news, Chancellor Philip Hammond has also nailed his colours to the mast announcing he will step down before Theresa May does on Wednesday.
“That will create sadness across the nation that peddler of optimism shall be departing.
“The incoming Prime Minister will, therefore, have to appoint an entirely new cabinet, upon accepting his role.”
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Mr Rees-Mogg later added: “Not only will the Lord Chancellor go, but the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond is going to leave Government before Theresa May does.
“I appreciate that undertakers across the country will be sorry to see the leader of their profession going with that cheerful countenance that he so often brings to British political life, but it’s quite an important story.
“He’s a big figure in the Conservative Party, he’s been Chancellor of the Exchequer since Theresa May became Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary before that. So the news is significant.
“He has indicated he might not be supportive of what Boris Johnson is trying to do, he has even indicated he might vote against the Government in a vote of no confidence and he disobeyed collective responsibility last week by abstaining on a vote in the House of Commons and encouraging others to do the same.
On Sunday, Chancellor Mr Hammond became the second Cabinet minister to announce he will quit the Government if Mr Johnson becomes Prime Minister.
He said: “No, I’m sure I’m not going to be sacked because I’m going to resign before we get to that point.
“Assuming that Boris Johnson becomes the next prime minister, I understand that his conditions for serving in his government would include accepting a no-deal exit on the 31st October, and it’s not something that I could ever sign up to.
“It’s very important that the prime minister is able to have a chancellor who is closely aligned with him in terms of policy, and I, therefore, intend to resign to Theresa May before she goes to the Palace to tender her own resignation on Wednesday.”
It comes after Justice Secretary David Gauke – a former Remainer – told the Sunday Times he would also quit on Wednesday if Mr Johnson enters Number 10.