John­son rules out hold­ing indyref2

Res­traint to pledge bil­lions ex­tra bor­row­ing and in­vest­ment

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some fis­cal cy­cle”, but “down to solid eco­nomic stew­ard­ship”.

“By far the big­gest fear of busi­ness is a Cor­byn-led gov­ern­ment,” he added.

Mr Javid said his new rule would al­low 3% of GDP in pub­lic in­vest­ment

– po­ten­tially an ad­di­tional £100bn over cur­rent plans.

He said: “His­toric low bor­row­ing rates mean we should ad­just our frame­work to fund the decade of re­newal.

“In­cred­i­bly, at the mo­ment we can bor­row in real terms at neg­a­tive in­ter­est rates. We can bor­row to in­vest.”

He added: “There will be new hos­pi­tals, schools, roads, rail­ways, bet­ter broad­band.

“New con­nec­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties in ev­ery part of our na­tion. We can af­ford to do a lot. We can af­ford to live within our means. We can af­ford the in­fra­struc­ture rev­o­lu­tion. We can af­ford some tax cuts. We have worked out the num­bers.”

BIG SPENDERS: Sa­jid Javid, above left, and John McDon­nell, above, vow to loosen the na­tion’s purse strings

Boris John­son yes­ter­day de­scribed Jeremy Cor­byn and Ni­cola Stur­geon as “yoke-mates of de­struc­tion” as he ruled out ever al­low­ing an­other Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum

Mr John­son used the phrase when he was asked which of the two lead­ers was the great­est threat to the UK.

The UK Tory leader was re­act­ing to sug­ges­tions the UK Labour and SNP lead­ers could strike a deal to de­liver indyref2.

Asked if he would give a cast iron guar­an­tee not to hold a ref­er­en­dum, he said: “Ab­so­lutely, there is no case. Peo­ple were promised in 2014 that it would be a once in a gen­er­a­tion event.”

Re­act­ing to Scot­tish Labour’s state­ment they would not do any deals with the SNP, Mr John­son said: “Pull the other one. It’s per­fectly ob­vi­ous that Jeremy Cor­byn is go­ing to rely on the SNP to get him into power and to do that he’s done a shady deal to have a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.”

But SNP West­min­ster leader Ian Black­ford said: “Boris John­son’s stance is un­demo­cratic and ul­ti­mately un­ten­able. The SNP al­ready has a cast-iron man­date for a ref­er­en­dum and the Scot­tish peo­ple want the chance to have their say.”

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