Friday 23 August 2019

Boris Johnson to slash taxes in no-deal Brexit budget if elected UK PM

Handout screengrab from the Conservative Party's Facebook page of Conservative party leadership contender Boris Johnson speaking during a live digital hustings as he faces questions from the public, hosted on the Conservative Party's Facebook page.Conservatives/Facebook/PA Wire
Handout screengrab from the Conservative Party's Facebook page of Conservative party leadership contender Boris Johnson speaking during a live digital hustings as he faces questions from the public, hosted on the Conservative Party's Facebook page.Conservatives/Facebook/PA Wire

Guy Faulconbridge

Boris Johnson, the leading contender to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May, is preparing an emergency budget including aggressive tax cuts, an overhaul of stamp duty and an assault on regulation if there is a no-deal Brexit, according to a report.

Johnson, 55, has cast himself as the only candidate who can deliver Brexit on October 31 - with or without a deal - while fighting off the electoral threats of Nigel Farage's Brexit Party and socialist Jeremy Corbyn's Labour.

His team wants a series of measures to ensure that the economy is "going gangbusters" by October 31, according to The Times.

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The budget, which is usually held in October or November, is likely to be brought forward to September, the newspaper said.

Johnson is considering an overhaul of stamp duty, a “Trump-style” moratorium on all new regulations, and significantly raising the threshold for the annual investment allowance above a million pounds.

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Reuters

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