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Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has pledged to support the Bank of England’s decisions on interest rates, even if it triggers a recession.

Hunt told Sky News there could be no trade-off between cutting inflation and the risk of provoking a recession.

“Yes, because in the end, inflation is a source of instability.”

“If we want to have prosperity, if we want to grow the economy, if we want to reduce the risk of recession, we have to support the Bank of England in the difficult decisions that they take.”

“We will deliver this task and we will make sure that the government plays its part, the Bank of England plays its part. But it is not a trade-off between tackling inflation and recession. In the end the only path to sustainable growth is to bring down inflation.”