Three Cabinet Ministers Collude With Big Business To Stop Brexit

Leaked transcript of Hammond (Chancellor), Clark (Business), and Barclay (Brexit)


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Brief analysis of conference call between Ministers and Big Business

Today the Daily Telegraph has exclusively published a leaked transcript of a conference call made by Philip Hammond and two of his ministerial colleagues to 330 representatives of big business in the UK, including the UK boss of German manufacturer Siemens.

This call took place two hours after the massive defeat of Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement on Monday night.

We can’t bring you the entire transcript because of copyright law but we can quote from and comment on it.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

Hammond calls Big Business

  1. Ministers obviously expect motion to be passed next week to prevent Brexit on 29 March
  2. Clear desire from Hammond and Clark to extend or revoke Art 50
  3. Totality of transcript shows how Treasury and other Departments have been colluding with big business

A Treasury spokesman said that Mr Hammond was merely explaining the process by which Article 50 could be extended or revoked.

Here are just a few excerpts and our comments:-

“The withdrawal agreement will need to remain in place but there is flexibility to look at the terms of the political declaration on the future relationship.”

In other words, there is no intention to alter the terms of Mrs May’s catastrophic and legally-binding Withdrawal Agreement which makes the UK a serfdom of Brussels. The intention is to improve the terms of the ‘Future Declaration’, which is not legally-binding. The technical term for this is “Window dressing.”

Mr Hammond went on:-

“The second question is whether we can somehow take the option of no deal off the table.

“Everyone on the call will be aware that a bill has been tabled today and amendments will be tabled on Monday by backbenchers from across the House which would have the effect of removing the threat of no deal.”

Then, in answer to a question from the UK boss of German manufacturer Siemens, Mr Hammond responded:

“Jürgen, on the first part of the question what has been tabled today is a backbench proposal backed from across the House. We know it has been put together with active engagement from the clerks of the House. It is properly drafted.

“What it proposes to do is to create a parliamentary power to withdraw the Article 50 notice and to lay that on the table as a sort of ultimate backstop if the work the Government is doing in seeking to find a way forward fails to deliver.

“My understanding is that amendments will be tabled to the Government motion will be tabled on Monday.

- Philip Hammond, Chancellor

And here is a small excerpt from the Business Secretary, Greg Clark:-

“Our purpose in the next few days is essentially to reflect all the things you have told us. First that we can't have no deal, for all the reasons you set out completely consistently.

“Secondly we need to achieve a deal that allows us at least as close a trading relationship with the rest of the EU as in the agreement that has been negotiated. That is vital.”

- Greg Clark, Business Secretary

To read the entire transcript you will need to buy the Daily Telegraph today, or to have a subscription to its website because the transcript is behind their paywall. The transcript is here.

Context of Philip Hammond’s telephone audience

There were apparently 330 businesses on the conference call from Mr Hammond.


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According to HMRC there are 2.67 million VAT registered businesses in the UK. 145,000 SMEs export solely to the EU, which is just 5.4% of the total.

(Source: HMRC)


Many readers will wearily tell us that the leaked comments from Messrs Hammond and Clark come as no surprise. This may be true, but when you read the entire transcript it is shocking just how clearly the Treasury and Business Depts are so in bed with Big Business over continued EU membership – or as close as they can get to it.

We would just like to remind Mr Hammond and Mr Clark that the vast majority of businesses in the UK do not belong to the CBI, whose Director-General was present on this call.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org campaigned vigorously for Philip Hammond to be excluded completely from Government prior to Mrs May forming her first Cabinet in 2016. We have consistently criticised him ever since.

We would invite both Ministers to speak to The Alliance of British Entrepreneurs, none of whose members and supporters share the Europhile illness inflicting the Treasury and Business Depts. They have been far more active in campaigning than their website currently shows. You can follow them on Twitter @AllianceBE.

They support what the British people voted for in record numbers in the official, “people’s” EU Referendum of 2016 – to leave the EU. They are also fully behind our #GoWTO campaign.

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