Sajid Javid, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, was reported to have thrown his support behind high-speed railway HS2. The controversial project is designed to link London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, cutting overcrowding on the railways and helping to rebalance the UK’s economy. Nigel Farage slammed Boris Johnson over this and accused the Prime Minister of being a “continuation of everything we saw under David Cameron and Theresa May”.
He told listeners: “Can I remind you that we started off with an initial estimate for the cost of HS2 of 32 billion and then it went to 56 billion to 88 billion, went out on 106 billion and rising fast.
“No, I didn’t say million, I said billion.
“And we understand that Boris Johnson will probably approve it.
“Anybody that thought you were going to get a radical government under Boris Johnson, can forget it.”
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Mr Farage continued: “It’s a continuation of everything we saw under David Cameron and Theresa May.
“It had better be different on Brexit.
“I think that it probably will be very different on Brexit but on these decisions everything continues.
“Isn’t it funny? Because I made a really big issue of HS2 in the European elections last year and thereafter.”
Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, has said the UK will not have to wait long for a decision.
The Government’s official review into HS2 “strongly advises against cancelling” the project.
It also says only building one section of the line which will link southern and northern England “doesn’t make sense”.
However, HS2 has faced criticism for being over budget and behind schedule.
The Government will announce its final decision on the scheme next month.