UK May Need New Budget, Austerity Without Brexit Deal: Hammond

By: | Published: October 28, 2018 5:02 PM

The U.K. would need new tax and spending plans and may need to extend austerity measures if the country fails to secure a Brexit deal, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said in an interview with Sky News.

UK May Need New Budget, Austerity Without Brexit Deal: Hammond

The U.K. would need new tax and spending plans and may need to extend austerity measures if the country fails to secure a Brexit deal, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said in an interview with Sky News.

Without an accord with the European Union, then “frankly we’d need to have a new budget that set out a different strategy for the future,” Hammond said on “Ridge on Sunday.”

The chancellor is due to make his Budget speech on Monday and is under pressure to end almost a decade of austerity.

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“We would take appropriate fiscal measures to protect the economy, to prepare us for the future and to strike out in a new direction that would ensure that Britain was able to succeed whatever the circumstances we found ourselves in,” he said.

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