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No new legislation needed to cut UK aid budget, says Rishi Sunak

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Stance could deprive Tory rebels of chance to stop overseas aid cut in parliament

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has said ministers do not need to pass new laws in order for Britain to miss the target to spend 0.7% of gross national income on overseas aid because the existing legislation allows them to do this.

The government interpretation of the law may deprive Tory rebels of an effective parliamentary opportunity to try to stop the aid cut.

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