THE people’s priorities are about more than delivering Brexit – and we promised we wouldn’t wait until Brexit day to deliver on them.
On Wednesday I announced £13.8billion more to fund the vital public services we all rely on.
It’s thanks to the hard work of the British people that we can now afford to turn the page on austerity caused by the last Labour Government.
This means we can build a Britain where our streets are safer, where we can care for people throughout their lives and where all our kids have the chance to get on in life, no matter where they came from or who their parents are.
I know these are the things The Sun on Sunday’s readers care about. And I do too. Health, education and safer streets are what people need to get on in life, just as they were for me when I was growing up.
The teachers who got me to study and work hard; the police officers who kept us safe when the street I grew up in became a centre for drug dealers; and the NHS that cared for my dad in his final days.
As every parent knows, nothing is more important than giving your kids the best start in life.
That is why I am providing schools with a cash boost to give every child a superb education, with the schools that have been historically underfunded getting the most.
The NHS is one of this country’s shining achievements and all of us rely on the care, dedication and expertise of our amazing doctors and nurses.
That is why the promises of more money we have made to the NHS are being delivered and why we are putting more money into social care, to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve.
And to keep our streets safe, I have announced more money to fund our commitment to recruit 20,000 new police officers and create 10,000 extra prison places.
This is the kind of thing that really matters to our daily lives — and it has all been achieved in just six weeks of this new Government.
But there is, of course, one big thing that still hasn’t been done after more than three years: Delivering on the people’s instructions to leave the European Union.
That is why we set a Brexit deadline of October 31, deal or no deal. We want to get on with it and focus on other priorities such as our public services. No more distractions, dither and delay.
Unfortunately, that is exactly what Jeremy Corbyn and his allies voted for in Parliament last week, undermining our country’s negotiations with the EU at the final hurdle.
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Because of their actions, the only way to sort this out once and for all before the deadline would be to go back to the British people in a General Election.
But after spending two years constantly calling for an election, suddenly Corbyn is trying to block that too.
The day after tomorrow, in Parliament, he and the Labour Party have one last chance to do the right thing and stop running scared of the public.
- Sajid Javid is Chancellor of the Exchequer.
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