The Chancellor is set to announce a one-year spending review on Wednesday.
But the decisions he makes will be overshadowed by the threat of a no deal Brexit that would derail our economy and damage public services.
New analysis from the TUC shows that growth in the UK is already weaker than most of our industrial competitors, coming third from bottom in the economic growth league for industrial nations in the first half of this year.
We know a no deal Brexit would damage the prospects of economic growth.
A no deal Brexit will also damage public services, diverting much needed funds into preparation, and disrupting the economy’s capacity to deliver the sustainable tax revenues that fund them.
Former chancellor Philip Hammond says that no deal preparations could cost as much as £90bn – at a time when social care, hospitals and local government are struggling.
Next week’s spending review risks being a charade unless the chancellor can rule out a disastrous no deal Brexit. And once again it will be working people who pay the price.
Years of austerity have left Britain’s economy weak, with too many insecure jobs and pay still falling behind. Social care, hospitals and local services are crying out for investment. But the chancellor is going to have to waste billions preparing for no deal disruption.
Our first ask to the Chancellor in our spending review submission is therefore to rule out a no deal Brexit and find a solution to the Brexit crisis which protects jobs, rights and peace in Northern Ireland.
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