October 29, 2018 / 11:59 AM / 18 days ago

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

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond appears on the Marr Show on BBC Television in central London, Britain, October 28, 2018. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - All the British government’s spending commitments to be set out by Chancellor 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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