The Foreign Secretary has thrown away any chance of reform in Europe by announcing that he will campaign to stay in Europe before he has started to lead Cameron’s much vaunted ‘renegotiations’.
Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader said, “If the UK wishes to succeed in its negotiations with the EU it needs to walk into the discussions waving the big stick of withdrawal. Philip Hammond has thrown away the stick and replaced it with a white flag. How on earth can we take this Government seriously when it has waved that flag, before the hard work has even started? They are not serious about this referendum, they never meant to be, as it was only proposed to deal with the electoral threat that the rise of UKIP presented".
"These comments by the Foreign Secretary lay bare the emptiness of the Conservative position, and highlight how important it is that the referendum, whenever it comes is fought in a free, fair and balanced fashion”