Downing Street lobby briefing on Israel-Iran conflict, RBS shares and BT job cuts

Posted On: 
10th May 2018

At a briefing for journalists today, a Downing Street spokesman was asked about the Israel-Iran conflict, the £3.6bn penalty for RBS and the 13,000 job cuts at BT.

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MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT

On the sudden escalation in tension between Israel and Iran, the spokesman said: "We condemn Iran’s attack on Israel. Israel has every right to defend itself. And we call on Iran to refrain from any further attacks and for calm on all sides. We call on Russia to use its influence in Syria to prevent further Iranian attacks."

RBS

On the £3.6bn penalty RBS has agreed to pay over its role in the run-up to the 2008 crash and the knock-on effect for taxpayers who bailed out the bank, the spokesman said: "You have seen from the Chancellor he welcomed the agreement in principle that was reached this morning to resolve this long-standing issue which will, when finalis...