Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond

He said it would be better to leave with no deal than to accept a "deal deliberately structured to suck the lifeblood out of the United Kingdom economy over a long period of time".

The UK's finance minister, Philip Hammond, defended the need for the UK to live "within its means", while admitting that the election result shows the British people were tired of austerity politics.

"We will look at all these things".

He told the BBC Andrew Marr Show: "I think people are tired of the long slog".

"Yes, it's true that my role in the election campaign was not the one I would have liked it to be". Since the election result, Nick Timothy, Lynton Crosby and other senior campaign officials have sought to blame one another for the absence of leading Conservatives from the campaign.

She said: "There is not the parliamentary arithmetic that is going to back a hard Brexit however much some colleagues in both parties would like to see that happen ... we are not going to end up, I don't think, with a hard Brexit".

"There's not going to be a summer budget or anything like that".

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"I think what the country needs now is a period of calm while we get on with the job at hand", Mr Hammond replied. We heard a message last week in the general election. "And more borrowing which seems to be Jeremy Corbyn's answer is not the solution".

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He said: "We have never said we won't raise some taxes".

Speaking to Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday, he said: "We could have Alexander the Great, we could have the Archangel Gabriel as leader of the Conservative Party, but unless we fundamentally change and work out what we stand for, show people that we are on the side of the most disadvantaged, show people that we are the real workers' party in terms of wages, in terms of jobs and skills in terms of welfare, in terms of rights, in terms of workers' services like energy bills, then we won't achieve what we want to do whoever is the leader".

The Chancellor admitted that a no-deal Brexit would be "very, very bad" for the British, but said a deal that would "suck the lifeblood out of our economy" was a worse prospect.

It also plans to replace its membership of the customs union, which enables tariff-free trading within the EU, with a new arrangement that lets it strike trade deals with the rest of the world.

"My reaction was bitter", Hammond said.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Chancellor addressed reports that he advocated remaining in the European Union customs union, which isn't part of Prime Minister Theresa May's "hard Brexit" strategy.

She told BBC One's Sunday Politics: "Where you have politicians right across the European Union and the United Kingdom who share the desire for a successful outcome, with low tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, free trade between ourselves, co-operation on security and so on, it should be perfectly possible to meet the time frame".

He told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show: 'I did a lot of travelling around the country.

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