Prime Minister Asked by Former Chancellor About Misinformation From Downing Street

Philip Hammond, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, has written to Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, asking him to explain why Downing Street officials had briefed against former Ministers accusing them of leaks of Brexit material. Subsequent information about the dates of the documents that were leaked showed that they came from the current Government.

A Downing Street spokesperson told reporters:

“This document is from when ministers were blocking what needed to be done to get ready to leave and the funds were not available. It has been deliberately leaked by a former minister in an attempt to influence discussions with EU leaders.”

Hammond said in a post on Twitter:

“It has now become apparent that the Operation Yellowhammer document leaked last week was dated August 2019, and was not ‘old’.”

Hammond wrote in his letter to the Prime Minister:

“I am writing on behalf of all former Ministers in the last administration to ask you to withdraw these allegations which question our integrity, acknowledge that no former Minister could have leaked this document, and apologise for the misleading briefing from No. 10”.