Brexit betrayal: Two key promises BROKEN as Rishi plots path to 'science superpower'

It comes after the Chancellor failed to cut the European Union’s five percent energy tax, despite facing mounting pressure from the Labour opposition and British public. Cheaper bills and greater control over the UK’s energy market were some of the key pledges of the 2016 Vote Leave campaign. At the time, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove vowed to slash the EU’s VAT on domestic energy while promising “fuel bills will be lower for everyone”.

But the Government appears to have backtracked on this Brexit campaign pledge as it was not included in today’s announcement.

And it’s not the only one.

The Chancellor has announced that the UK will “maintain” its target to get to £22billion-a-year spending on research and development (R&D).

He added: “We will invest more in innovation.

“The UK is already a world leader. With less than one percent of the world’s population we have 14 of the world’s top universities.

“We want to go further.

“We will maintain our target to maintain R&D investment to £22billion.

“In order to get there, we will reach the target in 2026/2027.

“Spending by the end of this Parliament £20billion a year on R&D.”

This target appears to be two years later than the original promise of 2024.


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