CHANCELLOR and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid said he was confident the UK economy would continue to be one of the strongest in the world after Brexit – with or without a deal.
Speaking exclusively to the Standard he said: “We are committed to leaving the European Union on October 31 and I am working very hard to ensure our economy is as strong as it possibly can be.”
When asked about the potential ‘harm’ a no-deal Brexit could cause to Great Britain and Northern Ireland he said: “I wouldn’t even call it harm – obviously I would like to get a deal but if we cannot get one we will leave without one and the UK economy will remain strong and vibrant.”
He said he was pleased Boris Johnson was the Prime Minister as he was the person best-placed to take the country forward, adding he was delighted to be his Chancellor at what was a crucial time for the country.
“I really enjoyed my time as Home Secretary and I was proud of what I achieved.
“The Government’s relationship with the police needed resetting and I believed we did that.”
Mr Javid, during his leadership campaign, pledged to bring in an extra 20,000 police officers and his plan was taken on by the PM.
“As Home Secretary I accomplished a lot – with regard to child exploitation and fighting terrorism but if I am going to be honest being Chancellor at this time suits my own strengths because of where I came from before I got into politics.
“I have been lucky enough to work in several Government departments and the advantage of being Chancellor is I can now go to other departments, ask them what they need and see what I can do to help.”
Mr Javid concluded by saying without his Bromsgrove constituents electing him he would not have the opportunity he has.
“I am always grateful to them for their support,” he said.