Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

Budget latest Sajid Javid promises UK will be ready to ‘replace inefficient EU’ in no deal | Politics | News

With Boris Johnson calling for a snap election, the Chancellor said the “uncertainty” around Brexit could not distract from delivering on the “people’s priorities”. He said the Tory Party was “turning the page on austerity” and Britain is on the brink of a “decade of recovery”. He said: “We are turning the page on austerity and beginning a new decade of renewal. 

“A new economic era needs a new economic plan and today we lay the foundations with the fastest increase in day-to-day spending in 15 years.”

Insisting the UK would be ready to leave the European Union, with or without a deal, Mr Javid confirmed an additional £2 billion for Brexit delivery next year.

The Chancellor’s first major statement was repeatedly criticised by Commons Speaker John Bercow for deviating from the topic of the spending round.



1.21pm update: Javid outlines what £2bn will be spent on 

He said: I’ve tasked the Treasury with preparing a comprehensive economic response to support the economy if needed.

“We will work closely with the independent Bank of England to co-ordinate fiscal and monetary policy.

“Sensible economic policy means we should plan for both outcomes and we’re doing so.”

1.19pm update: Sajid Javid vows to turn the page on austerity 

He told the Commons: “Thanks to the hard work of the British people we can now afford to turn the page on austerity and move forwards from a decade of recovery to a decade of renewal,” the chancellor said.

“Our careful management of the public finances means that we can now afford to spend more on public services.”

1.17pm update: May takes note

Former Prime Minister Theresa May has been spotted in the chambers taking notes as Sajid Javid delivers his budget. 

1.06pm update: Chancellor announces spending spree

He said: “Within my first few days as Chancellor, I provided £2.1 billion of extra funding for Brexit and No Deal preparedness and today I can announce that we provide a further £2bn for Brexit delivery next year as well.”

1.04pm: John Bercow reprimands Chancellor 

Speaker John Bercow told Chancellor Sajid Javid that his opening remarks in his one-year spending review were “out of order”.

After a point of order was made by Ken Clarke, MP for Rushcliffe, Mr Bercow told the Cabinet member to move his comments onto the spending review.

Mr Javid had been detailing how the Government still believed it could secure a deal with the European Union but would continue to prepare for no-deal as a precaution.

Mr Bercow said: “The opening remarks from the Chancellor were out of order. I exercised a degree of latitude. The right honourable member for Rushcliffe is right, that the statement should be focused on and exclusively on the spending round.

“The right honourable gentleman [the Chancellor] consulted me yesterday because he was concerned about the length of the statement.

“It shouldn’t be longer as a result of remarks that don’t relate to that topic.”

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