Sajid Javid sets out the government's post-Brexit spending plans as he clashes with John Bercow

Mail Online | 9/4/2019 | Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
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Sajid Javid today vowed to 'turn the page on austerity' and pledged to increase public spending by £13.8 billion in the UK's first year outside of the European Union as the Chancellor repeatedly clashed with John Bercow.

Mr Javid said Boris Johnson's administration was focused on building a 'stronger, fairer and more prosperous future' regardless of the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc as he announced an extra £2 billion for Brexit preparations.

Results - Government - Spending - Review - Chancellor

Setting out the results of the government's spending review, the Chancellor insisted: 'Deal or no deal, I am confident that our best days lie ahead.'

Mr Javid said Brexit would mean 'beginning a new decade of renewal' and added: 'A new economic era needs a new economic plan and today we lay the foundations.'

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However, Mr Javid was repeatedly heckled by opposition MPs, and Commons Speaker John Bercow rebuked him, after he used his opening remarks to outline at length the government's Brexit plan.

Mr Javid outlined why the government believes it must deliver Brexit on October 31 but Mr Bercow interrupted and ruled the Chancellor's remarks 'out of order' and said his behaviour was 'unseemly', telling him to stick to the contents of the spending review.

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Mr Bercow said: 'There is a procedure to statements of this kind... it bothers me greatly that you in the course of a statement seems to be veering into matters... unrelated to the spending round upon which you are focused.'

The intervention by the Commons Speaker prompted one Tory MP to yell: 'Windbag!'.

Centrepiece - Chancellor - Statement - Commitment - Spending

The centrepiece of the Chancellor's statement was his commitment to increase public spending in 2020/21 by £13.8 billion - a 4.1 per cent rise.

In normal times the results of a spending review would be expected to dominate the political landscape.

Mr - Javid - Address

But Mr Javid's big address is likely to be overshadowed by the...
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