UK's Hammond says not deaf to voter weariness on spending cuts

by Abel Hampton June 20, 2017, 0:55
UK's Hammond says not deaf to voter weariness on spending cuts

Trade Minister Greg Hands said the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety.

"My assessment is that we have responded correctly and appropriately to those recommendations", Philip Hammond told the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

The cladding used to insulate Grenfell Tower, widely blamed for spreading the devastating blaze, is banned in Britain, Philip Hammond has said.

The UK government will enter talks with the European Union today with a plan for a hard Brexit and still arguing that no deal is better than a bad deal, dashing hopes of a rethink in the wake of the general election.

"We have looked, obviously, at those recommendations and what has happened to them". We heard a message last week in the general election.

Hammond said Brexit means that Britain will leave the EU's single market and the bloc's customs union, but that he wanted an exit that would support jobs and investment.

"I understand that people are tired after years of hard work to rebuild the economy after the great crash of 2008-09, but we have to live within our means".

He said he understood people were exhausted of the "long slog" of spending cuts, but added: "We have to live within our means, and more not the solution".

Opposition Labour party leader Corbyn attacked the government's tight controls on spending ahead of the election which saw Prime Minister Theresa May lose her parliamentary majority.

He added that the Government had created "wriggle room" to restore public finances "in a way that is sensitive to the needs of the economy".

Mrs May met a group of survivors at Downing Street on Saturday afternoon, saying afterwards that the response in the hours immediately following the tragedy was "not good enough".

"It's a statement of common sense that if we are going to radically change the way we work together, we need to get there via a slope, not a cliff edge".

He said Brexit meant the United Kingdom would definitely be leaving the single market.

The Chancellor admitted that a no-deal Brexit would be "very, very bad" for the British, but said a deal that would "suck the lifeblood out of our economy" was a worse prospect.

The comments come as British prime minister Theresa May is still hashing out the terms of a deal with the Northern Ireland Democratic Unionists Party which would allow the Conservatives to rule with a minority government.

The government has previously said it will not stay in the EU-wide single market, as this would mean accepting the free movement of workers, and it wants a free trade deal to be agreed instead. Police and fire experts have said the fire was so intense that the process of identifying human remains will take weeks, if not months - and some victims may never be found.

"She's got no mandate here and she's got no authority overseas and the negotiation starts tomorrow".

For the first time in recent memory all five of the biggest business groups (CBI, BCC, IoD, EEF and FSB) have co-signed a letter to Business Secretary Greg Clark in effect pushing for all the benefits of European Union membership without being a member.

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