Kate Andrews appears on BBC News

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has reviewed the papers on BBC News.

On the Russian spy chemical attack:

Kate says that because we are talking about a chemical attack, and the fact that it has put many bystanders’ lives in jeopardy, this has to be taken very seriously. Red lines must be set with regards to chemical attacks taking place in the UK. And its right that the US and NATO are looking into a coordinated response. As Russia has shown its more aggressive side, this really could be leading up to a boiling point.

On Trump’s trade war:

Trump has a very funny way about going negotiations. He slams on these tariffs at 25% for steel, 10% for aluminum and then a few days later you find out what he really wants and it looks like he’s going to be willing to grant lots of exceptions. He’s already willing to grant it for Canada and Mexico on the condition that they renegotiate the NAFTA more to his liking.

On the Brexit divorce papers:

Many people are wondering where the money is going to come from for the upfront payment. If we don’t have enough in the public finances to be putting more into welfare or into the NHS, then where are these billions going to come from? What comes out of this story is that the UK is planning to make these payments over a matter of years.

On NHS pay rise if staff give up some of their holiday:

We should be lifting the public sector pay cap and looking at more flexible wage setting.

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