UK's Johnson says he will continue to bring down public debt

British finance chief affirms 'fantastic' relationship with PM

UK minister Javid says he has fantastic relationship with PM Johnson

The sacking of one of Sajid Javid's senior aides by Boris Johnson's key adviser has not damaged the Chancellor's relationship with the PM, Government sources have said.

According to British media, Javid became furious after learning that his press aide, Sonia Khan, had been sacked as part of an internal probe into who'd leaked the government's no-deal dossier to The Sunday Times. However, he said he got on well with Johnson.

"Javid explained that although it would be improper to discuss personnel issues immediately, his views have been" well known" following the media accounts.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would continue to cut public debt as a share of economic output even as he promises higher spending on services such as education, health and the police.

He firmly denied allegations that Cummings was effectively running the Treasury, describing the rumor as "nonsense" being spread by the Labour Party.

Mr Javid rejected opposition assertions that Downing Street is not allowing him enough authority over the Treasury, saying: "That's a picture being painted by the Government's opponents".

Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the European Union with or without a transition deal on October 31, heralding a showdown with parliament, while his government also seeks to outline new domestic priorities. Mr Johnson announced details of a rise in spending on schools on Friday, while Mr Javid announced £400 million (S$675 million) of investment for further education yesterday.

Government sources said that Ms Khan had not been held responsible for the leak of "Operation Yellowhammer", containing Whitehall predictions of the potential disruptive impact of a no-deal Brexit. "That only occurs when you've got a government that's working nicely together", he explained.

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