Budget delayed as general election looms

Government plans to hold its Budget on 6 November have been cancelled as Boris Johnson announced he would push for a general election.

Chancellor, Sajid Javid, had initially pinpointed the 6 November announcement for a post-Brexit statement on the UK’s spending plans, under the assumption the UK would be leaving the EU on 31 October.

Following last week’s Letwin amendment – which closed down a legislative loophole that could have allowed for a no-deal Brexit on 31 October – the Prime Minister has now conceded he will not make his own Brexit deadline, turning his attention towards a December general election instead to give MPs more time to debate his Brexit deal.

A Treasury source told the Daily Mirror: "Parliament has voted for a delay. We're calling for an election, so we won't be delivering the Budget on 6 November."

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said he won’t be supporting an election until the possibility of a no-deal Brexit has been ‘taken off the table.’

The House of Commons is currently waiting on a verdict from EU leaders – who could announce today a further extension to the Brexit deadline of up to three months.

But as the Brexit stalemate continues, key sectors in the UK such as social care and education must keep waiting to learn the Government’s spending plans for the forthcoming year.

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