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‘Nightmare’ Philip Hammond: I’ll fight Boris Johnson from the backbenches

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PHILIP HAMMOND has said he does not expect to serve in a Boris Johnson-led cabinet — and pledged to ‘do everything I can’ to prevent the Tory leadership frontrunner pushing through a no-deal Brexit.

Asked if he would jump before he was pushed if Mr Johnson becomes PM in two weeks’ time, the chancellor told ITV’s Robert Peston: ‘My expectation is that I will not be serving in the next administration.

‘But, I want to say this because I read some stuff in the papers earlier this week about how I would be a nightmare on the backbenches. I will continue to argue vigorously against a no-deal Brexit. And I will certainly do everything I can to prevent a no-deal Brexit without parliamentary approval.’

His comments came after former prime minister Sir John Major said he would seek a judicial review if Mr Johnson tried to suspend parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Johnson dismissed the ‘very odd’ threat, insisting that parliament should accept its responsibility to deliver Brexit.

But Mr Major’s warning was supported by Mr Hammond, who said: ‘The idea that elected members of parliament would be locked out of their place of work is truly shocking.’

Asked if a no-deal Brexit would be similar to the financial crisis of 2008, the chancellor said: ‘It could be.’