Britain's Sajid Javid scraps Nov 6 budget plan over Brexit delay, election call

Sajid Javid leaves number 11, Downing Street in central London on Oct 24, 2019.
Sajid Javid leaves number 11, Downing Street in central London on Oct 24, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) -  Britain’s governing Conservatives will ask Parliament again and again to back an early general election if lawmakers fail to support a snap poll in a vote on Monday, finance minister Sajid Javid said on Friday (Oct 25).  

“We’re going to bring a vote forward for a general election on Monday,” he told LBC radio. 

“If Labour does not support that vote, then we will continue to ask for a general election and bring a vote again and bring a vote again.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants an election to break the Brexit impasse whilst the main opposition Labour Party says it wants to be sure a disorderly departure from the European Union is off the table before backing such a move.

Meanwhile, Mr Javid has postponed his first budget statement which he had been due to give on Nov 6 because of delays to Brexit and the government's attempts to call an early election, a Treasury source said on Thursday (Oct 24).

"Parliament has voted for a delay. We're calling for an election, so we won't be delivering the budget on Nov 6," said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Earlier this week, MrJohnson's spokesman said the budget date had been decided on the assumption that Britain was leaving the European Union with a deal on Oct 31.

Mr Johnson conceded on Thursday that he would not meet his "do or die" deadline to leave the EU next week.

Mr Javid has previously said his budget plan would include higher public spending and a review of Britain's budget rules.