May 13, 2020 / 1:49 PM / 24 days ago

Johnson backs Chancellor on financing of COVID measures

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak observe a minute of silence in a tribute to the NHS staff and key workers who died during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street, London, Britain April 28, 2020. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Boris Johnson supports the approach of his Chancellor, agreeing it is too soon to look at how to fund the longer-term financing cost of measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus, a spokesman for the British prime minister said.

“We will set the date of the budget in the normal way,” Johnson’s political spokesman told journalists on Wednesday.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Michael Holden

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