Budget to go ahead on 11 March

Daniel Fowler
February 18, 2020

Hell, we don't even have a definite date for the Budget, given the refusal thus far to confirm the previously announced March 11 set-piece.

But following the resignation of Sajid Javid as Chancellor, who was understood to have been wavering on the policy, it has now been shelved.

"Mr Sunak tweeted that he was "cracking on" with preparations" and would "deliver the promises" made to voters ahead of December's general election.

The British PM had wished to lead a reshuffle that would stamp his authority over a government he hoped would deliver his vision for the United Kingdom beyond Brexit and heal the divisions in his Conservative Party and the country.

Boris Johnson will meet his new Chancellor Rishi Sunak for detailed talks about the forthcoming statement amid suggestions the pair are keen to relax spending rules.

Reports emerged earlier this week of a rift between Mr Javid and the prime minister's chief adviser, Dominic Cummings.

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And the PM has personally "cooled" on the idea of imposing a mansion tax, a source told the Sunday Telegraph, meaning Mr Sunak will nearly certainly fall into line.

Ex-staff and colleagues of the former home secretary said he had little choice but to resign following Number 10's tightening of the reins. The MP for Richmond in Yorkshire, married to Murthy's daughter Akshata, first entered the UK Parliament in 2015 and has fast risen up the Conservative Party ranks as a staunch Brexiteer who had backed Johnson's strategy to leave the European Union (EU).

A source close to Mr Javid said: 'He is on the record many, many times as being a low-tax Chancellor'.

Speaking to the BBC, Grant Shapps noted that the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, may need more time to deliver the Budget.

He added that the government had not confirmed that the Budget would "definitely" take place "on the same date as mentioned before [11 March]".

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