British government scraps plan to present new budget amid PM Boris Johnson's push for December elections

Britain's government has scrapped plans to present its new budget next month, finance minister Sajid Javid said Friday, as it hopes for a general election in December to push through Brexit.

Agence France-Presse October 25, 2019 15:05:51 IST
British government scraps plan to present new budget amid PM Boris Johnson's push for December elections
  • Britain's government has scrapped plans to present its new budget next month, finance minister Sajid Javid said Friday, as it hopes for a general election in December to push through Brexit.

  • Javid recently said he intended to deliver his first budget as chancellor of the Exchequer on 6 November, one week after the UK had been set to leave the European Union.

  • 'The budget is not going ahead because we're planning to dissolve parliament on 6 November,' Javid told the BBC.

London, United Kingdom: Britain's government has scrapped plans to present its new budget next month, finance minister Sajid Javid said on Friday, as it hopes for a general election in December to push through Brexit.

British government scraps plan to present new budget amid PM Boris Johnsons push for December elections

Britain's prime minister Boris Johnson. AP

Javid recently said he intended to deliver his first budget as chancellor of the Exchequer on 6 November, one week after the UK had been set to leave the European Union.

But with Brexit set to be delayed beyond the 31 October deadline, Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday called for a general election to be held on 12 December, causing the Treasury to hold back on its budget.

"The budget is not going ahead because we're planning to dissolve parliament on 6 November," Javid told the BBC.

"When I set out the date for the budget originally, it was always on my mind that we would have a deal, that we would leave on 31 October.

"It is important to have a budget, of course, for any chancellor it's important to have a budget. But what's more important right now is to get this deal through parliament," he added.

 

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