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Boris Johnson Digs In on U.K. April Tax Rise Amid Tory Calls For Delay

  • Johnson’s spokesman says tax hike will definitely go ahead
  • British premier under pressure to delay to ease living costs
Boris Johnson pushed the tax hike through a parliamentary vote in September.

Boris Johnson pushed the tax hike through a parliamentary vote in September.

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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Boris Johnson’s government reiterated a commitment to a 12 billion-pound ($16 billion) tax rise in April amid widespread speculation that the premier is preparing to ditch or delay the move to ease the rising cost of living for ordinary Britons.

“We are committed to bringing forward the levy in April,” Johnson’s spokesman, Jamie Davies, told reporters on Friday. Asked if the tax hike would go ahead as planned, “no ifs, no buts,” he replied: “Yup.”