British parliament can block no deal Brexit, says Philip HammondChristian Fernsby ▼ | August 14, 2019
Britain's former finance minister, Philip Hammond, said on Wednesday he was confident that parliament could block a no-deal Brexit if unelected people around Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried to force such a disorderly outcome.
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"To set the bar for negotiations so high that we inevitably leave without a deal would be a betrayal," Hammond told BBC radio. He cast such a demand as "a wrecking tactic" by those who are "pulling the strings" around Johnson in Downing Street.
Hammond said any attempt to bypass parliament would propel the United Kingdom into a constitutional crisis.
"He has to listen to parliament and parliament is clearly opposed to a no-deal exit," he said. "I am confident that parliament has the means to express that view." ■