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    UK Anti-Brexit Bloc Deliberately Creates Uncertainty to Derail Withdrawal - UKIP

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    The anti-Brexit faction in the UK government is intentionally provoking uncertainty to undermine the Brexit process, United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) interim leader Steve Crowther said Monday, commenting on the recent interview of UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Over the weekend, Hammond said in an interview to France's Le Monde that the United Kingdom did not intend to change its tax policy to compete with the European Union after Brexit is finalized. The chancellor's statement runs counter to the stance he expressed in January in an interview with the German Welt Am Sonntag newspaper. Hammond then said that the United Kingdom might introduce changes in its tax policy to attract foreign investment, thus rivaling the European Union on the financial field once Brexit is over.

    "Two things are clear: first, that there is a calculated, multi-faceted strategy among the Remain camp to derail Brexit by all and any means; and second, that in the absence of the pro-Brexit cabinet, Philip Hammond is prepared to create this uncertainty for business by arguing with himself, in French, which presumably he believes the rest of us stupid Brexiteers can’t read," Crowther said, as quoted in UKIP's statement.

    The UKIP leader added that Hammond should be immediately removed from his position, because by being self-contradictory he affects business confidence and leads country to continuation of the existing UK-EU policy which the nation voted against in Brexit referendum.

    UKIP Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten, who is a member of the European Parliament, added that the situation was understandable and predictable, because Prime Minister Theresa May "is still at heart a remainer and put remainers in key positions to achieve a remain result."

    Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union officially kicked off on June 19 and are due to be completed by the end of March 2019.

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