UK taking tough decisions for economy to bounce back, says PM Johnson

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with veterans during the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on Whitehall amid the coronavirus pandemic in London, Britain November 8, 2020. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday his government was taking tough decisions now to try to make the economy bounce back from the damage done by COVID-19.

In parliament, he said the government had been able to provide funding during the pandemic “because we have a government that understands how to run a strong economy and makes sure it takes the tough decisions now that will allow our economy to bounce back”.

He also said Britain should be proud of what it spent on its foreign aid budget, adding “that will continue”, when he was asked whether the government would cut how much it spent on it.

Reporting by Sarah Young, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison