Is the UK preparing for an election? I hope not, Hammond says

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond stands exterior 11 Downing Street earlier than he delivers his funds assertion within the House of Commons in London, Britain, October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Philip Hammond mentioned on Tuesday that he hoped his funds was not an try to arrange for an additional nationwide election.

“I hope not,” he mentioned when requested if his funds, which minimize taxes and eased welfare curbs for poorer working households, was an try to arrange for an election.

In one of the vital tumultuous durations in latest British political historical past, there have been 4 main votes within the earlier 4 years: the Scottish independence referendum of 2014, the 2015 UK election, the Brexit referendum of 2016 and the snap election referred to as by May final 12 months.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Andy Bruce; modifying by Michael Holden

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