WATCH: Philip Hammond’s reaction as Peter Bone crowns him King of Brexit
The look on chancellor Philip Hammond's face was priceless today as Tory headbanger Peter Bone crowned him "the King of Brexit".
Hammond looked baffled as hardliner Bone claimed that his budget earlier this week had delivered "a Brexit dividend... if we come out of the European Union with no deal".
The chancellor had actually said the government would have to set a new Budget if it was unable to reach a Brexit deal with the EU, with it requiring a "different response" and "fiscal buffers" being maintained to provide support for the economy.
Nevertheless, Bone told MPs during prime minister's questions: "I always thought the chancellor was a bit iffy about Brexit, but how wrong I was, sir.
"This week he announced a Brexit dividend budget if we come out of the European Union with no deal." The line caused Hammond to furrow his brow.
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Bone went on: "He will be able to cut tariffs, abolish VAT on certain products and reallocate the £39bn that he was going to give to the EU to this country, cutting taxes, improving public services and lowering debt.
"Prime minister, I always thought that you could be the queen of Brexit, but did you ever think the chancellor could be the king of Brexit?".
Theresa May responded to the backbencher: "Can I say to my honourable friend that I'm pleased to see the support my honourable friend shows for the chancellor.
"What the chancellor delivered this week was a budget that is good for people up and down this country and we should all be celebrating that."
Bone, one of the hardest of hard Brexiteers, attracted criticism last year after he and fellow Tory hardliner Chris Chope slept in the Houses of Parliament for three nights to propose 73 pieces of legislation, stopping other backbenchers' proposals being debated.
Bills tabled between the two of them including making June 23 a bank holiday called "Independence Day", privatising the BBC and Channel 4, decriminalising TV licence-dodging and ending working time regulations.
Bone has also previously failed in a parliamentary bid to rebrand the August bank holiday "Margaret Thatcher Day".
Earlier this year The Sun revealed Bone's commitment to the Leave cause in all its forms, after he left his wife, often mentioned in Parliament, for a married physio 20 years his junior.
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