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Sky News 22 Nov 2020

COVID-19: Chancellor says there will be no return to austerity


Chancellor Rishi Sunak says there will be no return to austerity in his spending review on Wednesday.

Mr Sunak did not deny reports that he could impose a pay cap on millions of public sector workers, but said decisions had to be taken "in the context of the wider economic climate".

Borrowing in October hit £22.3bn due to the cost of the pandemic, with public sector debt over £2 trillion.

As the election results from Georgia remain too close to call, the secretary of state announced Friday that there will be a recount. CBS News campaign reporter LaCrai Mitchell joined CBSN with an update on the state.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has told Sky News a so-called circuit breaker lockdown to tackle COVID-19 would be 'something of an enigma'.

"If you look at those who've advocated a national lockdown... they have never been able to say how you get out of it," he said.

"Overwhelmingly our sense is you're far better leaning into and being absolutely committed to localised measures."

He argued it is easier to exit tiered restrictions, as data can be examined locally and there is a "granular" review process in place.
Kellyanne Conway touted President Trump's handling of Covid-19 and took aim at Joe Biden for underperforming in Florida.
MEPs have urged European leaders to link future EU payouts to respect for rule of law in member states.

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