October 29, 2018 / 11:44 AM / 23 days ago

UK spending pledges will be funded irrespective of Brexit - May's spokesman

LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - All the British government’s spending commitments to be set out by finance minister Philip Hammond on Monday will be funded irrespective of whether Britain secures a deal with the European Union or not, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said.

On Sunday, Hammond warned rebels in his Conservative Party that he would have to quickly reverse plans to ease nearly a decade of austerity if London fails to get a Brexit deal.

“All of the spending commitments that the Chancellor will set out today are funded irrespective of a deal,” the spokesman told reporters. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, writing by Elizabeth Piper)

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