'NOBODY is unsackable' Philip Hammond blasts Boris Johnson's leadership bid

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip arrive at the conference centre on the opening day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester

Hammond made the remarks at the Conservative Party's conference in Manchester, northern England, on Monday, claiming May's team is loyal to her and there are no rifts in the cabinet.

The first day of the conference was overshadowed by discussions of the Foreign Secretary's ambitions for leadership, following his article in The Daily Telegraph outlying his personal Brexit vision and call for pay rises in the public sector.

Theresa May is facing calls to sack her foreign secretary after his latest set of demands on European Union negotiations put her authority in question and overshadowed the start of the Conservatives' conference in Manchester.

PHILIP HAMMOND today hinted that Boris Johnson could be SACKED after he again defied the Prime Minister by laying out his own agenda for Brexit.

Mr Hammond acknowledged that the Cabinet was split over the nature of Britain's withdrawal from the EU, telling Sky News: "We know, on this big issue of how we take forward our exit from the European Union, what type of relationship we should have with the European Union in the future, there are differences of view, nobody is denying that".

In a separate appearance on Sky News, the Chancellor called for greater unity from his colleagues.

"I have always operated on the principle that it is probably best to believe that nobody is unsackable".

"Government is working on what would need to be put in place if there is no deal, what we are also working on is ensuring we get a deal, get the right deal for the United Kingdom", May said.

The Chancellor has insisted no one individual is above sacking as the Conservative Party conference continues, and has stated he fully backs the Prime Minister.

The Chancellor said the whole Cabinet, including Mr Johnson, had signed up to the Brexit negotiating position set out by Mrs May in her Florence speech last month when she proposed a transition period of "around two years" after Britain leaves the EU.

Mrs May responded: "What I have is a cabinet that are united in the mission of this Government Andrew, and that's what you will see this week".

He dismissed Mr Johnson's insistence that the transition should last "not a second more" than two years as a "rhetorical flourish".

"That was agreed by the Cabinet ahead of the speech and that is the position we're negotiating".

However, former education secretary Nicky Morgan told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour on Sunday that Johnson "has to go" unless he shows more loyalty to the prime minister.

"We have come to this agreed formula of about two years which works for everyone", he told Today.

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