“It’s exactly the kind of something-for-nothing economics that frankly got us into this mess in the first place”

Business quote of the day.

“It’s exactly the kind of something-for-nothing economics that frankly got us into this mess in the first place”

George Osborne tells BBC News today he will reject calls to spend more to boost the British economy, despite threats of a UK downgrade and criticism that his Autumn Statement yesterday will hit the poorest hardest. Osborne was forced yesterday to admit he missed his own target for reducing national debt , and has extended the austerity plans for another three years.

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Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia

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Tory Brexiter Daniel Hannan: Leave campaign never promised "radical decline" in immigration

The voters might not agree...

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It was the Leave campaign's pledge to reduce EU immigration that won it the referendum. But Daniel Hannan struck a rather different tone on last night's Newsnight. "It means free movement of labour," the Conservative MEP said of the post-Brexit model he envisaged. An exasperated Evan Davis replied: “I’m sorry we’ve just been through three months of agony on the issue of immigration. The public have been led to believe that what they have voted for is an end to free movement." 

Hannan protested that EU migrants would lose "legal entitlements to live in other countries, to vote in other countries and to claim welfare and to have the same university tuition". But Davis wasn't backing down. "Why didn't you say this in the campaign? Why didn't you say in the campaign that you were wanting a scheme where we have free movement of labour? Come on, that's completely at odds with what the public think they have just voted for." 

Hannan concluded: "We never said there was going to be some radical decline ... we want a measure of control". Your Mole suspects many voters assumed otherwise. If immigration is barely changed, Hannan and others will soon be burned by the very fires they stoked. 

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