Peter Bone radically revises his opinion of Philip Hammond aka 'king of Brexit'
Watch: Bone told the Commons that Hammond was now 'king of Brexit'
First the Daily Mail changed its mind about Philip Hammond.
When Paul Dacre was the overlord, the paper regularly went with the headlines such as ‘Eeyore Hammond launches project fear’. Then Geordie Greig arrived and Hammond was gifted an usually friendly interview during the height of Tory conference. The pro-Hammond stance was confirmed this week when the Mail reported that the Budget marked “the day Eeyore transformed himself into Feelgood Phil”.
Now Tory Brexiteer Peter Bone appears to have undergone a similar damascene conversion.
Having previously said the chancellor needs “slapping down” over his plans for Brexit, at Prime Minister’s Questions today the veteran Tory MP said that he had seen the error of his ways. And then he went further:
"Prime minister, I always thought that you could be the queen of Brexit, but did you ever think the chancellor could be the king of Brexit?"
Alas, the chancellor looked more baffled than anything else by Bone’s audacious assertion that he had announced “a Brexit dividend Budget if we come out of the European Union with no deal”.
Hammond has actually said the government would have to set a new Budget if it was unable to reach a Brexit deal with the EU.
Questioned about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the eve of the Budget, he told the Andrew Marr Show that the government would have to "revisit where we are”. The chancellor added: "I have got fiscal reserves that would enable me to intervene."