The Chancellor appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and compared the time it will take to leave the EU to moving house.
Speaking about transitional arrangements over the next four years, he said: “We will have left the EU and I think what people will expect us to do is put in place arrangements to then move from where we were when we were members to where were are going to be in a longterm future partnership.”
Attempting to explain, he then added: “When you buy a house you don’t necessarily move all your furniture in on the first day you buy it.”
Confused listeners were not quite sure what Mr Hammond meant, as it is pretty standard practice to move everything on the day you move house.
People were of course quick to point this out:
Er… surely you do? Unless you have somewhere else to keep it? https://t.co/1rYeRS7Tcu
— Sophy Ridge (@SophyRidgeSky) June 22, 2017
It’s called Moving Day: you know, when you move all your stuff in on the first day. https://t.co/Nbbfkgfj0z
— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) June 22, 2017
Surely this is exactly what you do? https://t.co/gJvovoefcK
— Philip Cowley (@philipjcowley) June 22, 2017
I mean, most people do, don’t they?https://t.co/BkU9bDMF9e
— James Manning (@JamesManning) June 22, 2017
Others also felt the Chancellor inadvertently just revealed how rich he is:
I imagine when Phil moves house he means between his own various homes
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) June 22, 2017
One reason why moving house is so stressful is that a whole chain of households move all their belongings on one day. Unless you are rich. https://t.co/9h9ZD3kPEF
— Andrew Bartlett (@AndrewBartletta) June 22, 2017
Most people do. Only the rich have that luxury
— Polly Ernest (@RemainingKind) June 22, 2017
Mr Hammond’s comments about a long divorce process will no doubt infuriate hardline Brexit supporters.
Many Conservative MPs have been pressing for a swift break with the EU and have been exasperated by the Chancellor’s attempts to argue for a “softer” Brexit.
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