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Murphy playing hardball with Treasury to replace lost EU cash

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Finance Minister Conor Murphy (Liam McBurney/PA)

Finance Minister Conor Murphy (Liam McBurney/PA)

Finance Minister Conor Murphy (Liam McBurney/PA)

The warning signs of unresolved questions were conspicuous in January when Conor Murphy issued a first draft of the possible budget for 2021-22.

The draft revealed critical unanswered questions for the incoming year. The Finance Minister described the budget as pointing to everyday spending standing still and only a marginal increased allowance for capital funding.

The Treasury will have been expecting to receive an agreed Northern Ireland budget which conforms to the spending limits as proposed late last year by the Chancellor.


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