Petition calling on PM to sack Philip Hammond hits 30,000 signatures

Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

A Change.org petition to sack Philip Hammond as the country’s chancellor the exchequer has reached 30,000 signatures – and is continuing to grow.

The petition, which calls on Theresa May to sack her chancellor, was started on the 3rd July and has gained significant support in recent weeks. It hit the 30,000 mark on 2nd August.

The petition says that:

“The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, appears to be doing everything he can to frustrate the will of the British people, who decided by a clear majority to leave the European Union in the referendum of 23rd June 2016.”

It goes on to say that:

“He has completely forfeited the trust of all of those of us who voted to leave the EU by insisting the UK remain in the Customs Union and by repeatedly undermining the UK's negotiations with the EU through his public pronouncements, thereby attempting to frustrate the full execution of the British people's democratic decision.”

Emmanuel Macron & Merkel European Council meeting

The petition, started by Henry Zarb, whose Change.org profile indicates he is based in Miami Florida, hit 10,000 signatures on Saturday 29th July and has since continued to grow.

It has been shared by the Leave.EU campaign on social media.

The pro-Brexit group has since launched its own campaign to remove Philip Hammond from office, as posted on their Twitter page. The organisation has called on UK voters to get in touch with their representatives over the issue.

According to Westmonster, an email sent to Leave.EU supporters said that:

“We can’t continue with a Chancellor who goes off-script and speaks for the interests of the European Union while we are locked in the most important negotiations of our lifetime. His desire to leave our borders open while locking us out of global trade deals is unacceptable. It’s time for Theresa May to show some strength and sack the saboteur.”

With a growing petition against Hammond, as well as this campaign to remove him, it looks like momentum is building against the chancellor. The moves also dampen his chances of becoming a future Conservative leader, if Conservatives want a new leader that is 100% committed to Brexit.

Is Philip Hammond’s political future coming to an early end?