Government may be forced to delay post-Brexit budget
- Credit: Sky News
New chancellor Rishi Sunak may delay the date of next month's Budget in order to give himself more time to prepare, a senior minister has said.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said ministers had still not been told whether the Budget would go ahead on March 11 as planned after Sajid Javid's resignation.
"I know that the Budget plans are well advanced but I also know that Rishi Sunak, the new chancellor may want time," Shapps told Sky News's Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme.
"I haven't heard whether the date of March is confirmed as yet. He is probably looking at it, I should think this week."
Sunak, previously the Treasury chief secretary, was catapulted into the top job after Javid dramatically resigned in last week's Cabinet reshuffle.
You may also want to watch:
It followed a series of well-publicised clashes between Javid and Boris Johnson's chief adviser Dominic Cummings, who was reportedly pressing for the Treasury to relax constraints on public spending.
Shapps however denied that Cummings was now "all powerful" in Whitehall.
- 1 Our PM demonstrates why Latin lessons plan is a bad idea
- 2 Boris Johnson’s latest offence shouldn’t be overlooked
- 3 The cannabis conundrum
- 4 Has something shifted in sado-populist Britain?
- 5 Can King Louis turn back the clock?
- 6 Empty shelves are partly down to Brexit - but Leavers won't admit it
- 7 Party politics will not save us from the Tories - we need drastic action
- 8 Boris Johnson: The sado-populist prime minister
- 9 Why Germany's Greens failed to rise on floods
- 10 Rabbits defeat French army
He pointed to last week's decision to give the go ahead to the HS2 high speed rail link - a project Cummings was known to oppose.
"It is not the case that things necessarily go Dominic Cummings' way or anyone else's," he said. "Take HS2, a big decision that Dominic had views about, I had views about.
"We discussed it, we discussed our various views, and we came to a conclusion. The idea that just because Dominic thinks something, that's what happen is clearly not the case."
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.