March 26, 2020 / 5:33 PM / 9 days ago

Britain's economic response among the most significant in history - Sunak

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak signs the West Yorkshire Combined Authority devolution deal during a visit to the Nexus Building at the University of Leeds, in Leeds, Britain March 12, 2020. Danny Lawson/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has launched one of the most significant economic interventions by any government ever in response to the coronavirus pandemic but there will still be challenging times ahead, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Thursday.

“What we have done will, I believe, stand as one of the most significant economic interventions at any point in the history of the British state and by any government anywhere in the world,” Sunak said after announcing a package of support for the self-employed.

Reporting by William James, Andy Bruce and Estelle Shirbon; writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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